Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Govt sued over reflexology ban

REFLEXOLOGISTS have dragged government to court contesting the directive for the immediate closure of all reflexology centres, and banning of their promotions in the country.

On Friday March 24, they filed an application for judicial review at the Commercial Court in Kampala through Kavuma Kabenge and Company Advocates.

They contend that the government never consulted them before the order was made. The applicants, an umbrella body Uganda Reflexiologists
Association of Uganda, and Alleluia Reflexology Health Solution and Nutrition Centre Limited.

Judicial review is conducted by the High Court in relation to proceedings plus decisions taken by subordinate courts and inferior tribunals or bodies. The Commercial Court is a division of the High Court.

The respondents in the application are the Health minister, Steven Mallinga and the Attorney General (AG) who is the Government's representative in the courts, as well as advisor on all legal matters.

"The impugned closure and banning of reflexology centres in Uganda and their activities failed to separate the wheat from the chaff and were therefore gratuitously unfair," the reflexologists contend.

Reflexology is based on the perception that each body part is represented on the hands and feet and that pressing on specific areas on the hands or feet can have therapeutic effects in other parts of the body.

Minister Mallinga last week said Government had resolved to have all the reflexology centres in the country closed.

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