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Appellate Court to start its sessions

African Court of Justice Arusha, 8th May, 2018: 

The Appellate Division will start its session today 8th , and the sessions will go up to 25th May. The Court will handle thirteen (13) matters in total among these are 5 scheduling conferences, 4 hearings and 2 Judgments.

The matters will be brought before the Honourable Justices: Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja (President of the Court), Liboire Nkurunziza (Vice-President), Justice Edward Rutakangwa, Aaron Ringera and Geoffrey Kiryabwire.

Among the cases to be heard there are two arbitration disputes one; by the Winglink Travel Limited Vs the Secretary General of the East African Community. It will be up for a scheduling conference on 22nd May . The 2nd Arbitration matter is by Kati General Enterprise Vs the Agriculture Fisheries & Food Authority (Pyrethrum Processing Co. of Kenya Ltd). The Members in Chambers are Justice Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja (Chair), Justice Edward Rutakangwa and Justice Aaron Ringera Members of the Chambers. This will be heard on 17thMay.

The 2 Judgments to be delivered are; one will be delivered on 24th May 2018, is for Appeal by the East African Civil Society Organisations’ Forum Vs the Republic of Burundi and others and the 2nd Judgment which will be delivered on 25th May 2018, is for the Appeal by the Rt Hon Dr Margaret Zziwa Vs the Secretary General of the East African Community.

Article 32 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community, provides arbitral jurisdiction to the Court to hear and determine any matter arising from arbitration clauses or Special agreements. The Court arbitrates any dispute at no cost. So far the Court has received three (3) arbitration matters 1 has been determined and 2 still in progress.

Notes for Editors:


Arbitration Clauses and Special Agreement the Court shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine any matter:

(a) arising from an arbitration clause contained in a contract or agreement which confer s such jurisdiction to which the Community or any of its institutions is a party; or

(b) arising from a dispute e between the Partner States regarding this Treaty if the dispute e is submit ted to it under a special l agreement between the Partner States concerned; or

(c) arising from an arbitration clause contained in a commercial contract or agreement in which the parties have confer red jurisdiction on the Court.


For more information, please contact:

Yufnalis Okubo
East African Court of Justice
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 27 2162149
mail: Okubo [at] eachq.org

About the East African Court of Justice:

The East African Court of Justice (EACJ or ‘the Court’), is one of the organs of the East African Community established under Article 9 of the Treaty for the Establishment of the East African Community. Established in November 2001, the Court’s major responsibility is to ensure the adherence to law in the interpretation and application of and compliance with the EAC Treaty.

Arusha is the temporary seat of the Court until the Summit determines its permanent seat. The Court’s sub-registries are located in the respective National Courts in the Partner States.

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