Kadagas directive stems from a petition presented to the Appointments Committee today, by Kawempe North MP Latif Ssebagala, questioning the recent appointments of members of the Judicial Service Commission JSC.
Speaking to journalists shortly after being approved by Parliaments Appointments Committee today, one of the members, former Sheema Woman MP Rosemary Nyakikongoro, says the debate should focus on Uganda losing key judicial officers when they are still needed in the system.
Following the recent judicial Service Commission (JSC) promotions of 30 judicial officers to the ranks of Deputy Registrar, Assistant Registrar, Chief Magistrate and Grade One, the judiciary has responded by causing massive transfers and postings.
According to information provided to the public accounts committee, the judicial service commission handled over 161 complaints mainly concerning chief magistrates, grade one and grade two magistrates in the last two financial years
The Chairman of the Judicial Service Commission Justice James Ogoola has revealed that the Supreme Court presently does not have the capacity to execute its mandate. Ogoola told parliamentâ€™s committee on legal and parliamentary affairs that the Supreme Court does not have enough justices that constitute quorum to handle constitutional matters.
MP Gerald Karuhanga, the Western youth representative, has written to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga asking her to act expeditiously in accordance with her constitutional mandate to stop Parliament from approving Justice Benjamin Odoki as Chief Justice.
Karuhanga notes that the Chief Justice led the commission that formed the 1995 constitution and it would be unfortunate that the very Chief Justice finds himself at a crossroads and manipulates it so it benefits him.
The Appointments Committee of Parliament has kicked off the process of vetting 28 judges nominated to fill up positions at the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the High Court. Chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, the closed door process is vetting ten judges for the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.