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Complaints Against The Approval of Persons nominated For Appointment as Judicial Officers By The President

  • Thursday, 15th February 2018
    Complaints against the approval of persons nominated for
    appointment as Judicial O!cers by the President
    Early this month, the President nominated 14 persons to be appointed to the
    positions of Justices of Appeal and Judges of the High Court. Of the 14
    persons nominated, four Justices were for the Court of Appeal and 10 for the
    High Court.
    As required by the Constitution, the list of the nominees was forwarded to
    the Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda for approval.
    The Appointments Committee, chaired by the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament
    Rebecca Kadaga, sat on Wednesday, 14th February and Thursday, 15th
    February 2018 to consider the nominees.
    Parliament, however, received complaints against /ve nominees, that is,
    Justice Stephen Musota and Justice Christopher Madrama, nominated for
  • appointment as Justices of Appeal. The others were His Worship Paul
    Gadenya, His Worship Alex Ajiji and His Worship Asiimwe Tadeo, nominated
    for appointment as Judges of the High Court.
    Upon receipt of the complaints, the O4ce of the Speaker set out to
    investigate the matter. It should be noted that the complainants stated that
    they had /led their grievances with the Judicial Service Commission and
    therefore the Appointments Committee consulted the Commission on their
    handling of the various matters complained of.
    The complainants against the judicial o4cers included: Mr. Kercan Prosper, a
    Grade II Magistrate, who complained about his administrative transfer from
    Nabweru Court to Kiboga. He said his transfer was malicious and intended to
    frustrate his pursuit of a masters degree. JSC noted that the Magistrate had
    not formally informed his employer that he was pursuing a course of study.
    The complainant was transferred due to the many complaints against him at
    the court that included land disputes.
    A one Male Mabirizi complained of being prevented from sitting at the Bar
    while defending himself in a matter. JSC said the complainant is not an
    advocate of the High Court and therefore has no right to sit at the Bar. It was
    also noted that Mr. Mabirizi appears to be a serial complainant against the
    Judiciary and other organs whenever decisions don’t go his way.
    Other complaints forwarded to the JSC didn’t have substance to be formally
    NoThe Appointments Committee established that all the complaints /led with
    the Judicial Service Commission had no merit and proceeded to vet them.
    The report on the Committee’s interaction with the nominees will be sent to
    the President as required by the Rules of Procedure of Parliament.
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