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Kadaga Demands Probe Into Presidential Appointees

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.
Ruth Ssebatindira, one of the members recently appointed to the Judicial Service Commission

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Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has called for a probe into the appointment of public officials by the President.

Kadaga's 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).

A source within the committee, which today approved six members of the JJSC, says Ssebagala questioned the repeated appointments without due consideration to Muslims.

“In his petition, Ssebagala mentioned that there is a deliberate attempt to sideline the Muslims,” a source who attended the meeting told URN.

Those vetted today include Justice Benjamin Kabiito as chairperson, Rosemary Nyakikongoro, Ruth Ssebatindira, Norah Matovi Winyi, Dr. Laban Nnini Kirya and Christine Aporu Amongin as members.

Kadaga, in her opening remarks to Parliament this afternoon, notes that the petitions have been received severally, which needs to be given attention to establish whether the complaints are valid.

She wants the committee to categorise the presidential appointments according to regions, gender, age group and religions to establish the facts.

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In May this year, a section of Muslim clerics presented a petition before the Equal Opportunities Commission alleging that their community is being discriminated against in terms of appointment to government jobs.

The petitioners, led by Ssebagala, cite the absence of Muslims in prominent government positions as a clear indication of discrimination.

The commission asked the petitioners to provide adequate evidence to prove their claims of the said discrimination in government appointments.