President Yoweri Museveni has finally named High Court Judge Benjamin Isingoma Kabiito as the new chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission--JSC. The appointment comes six months after the term of the old commission expired.
President Yoweri Museveni has finally named High Court Judge Benjamin Isingoma Kabiito as the new chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
The appointment comes six months after the term of the old commission expired.
The 58 year old judge who was recently transferred to Fort Portal High Court will be deputised by Supreme Court judge Faith Mwondha.
The commissioners are; former law society president Ruth Sebatindira, Norah Matovu Winyi, Dr Laban Nnini Kirya, Hon Rose Nyakikongoro, Hon Amongin Aporu, and Ms Justin A Mugabi.
Justice Kabiito now replaces Justice James Ogoola who left the commission in February this year after his four-year term in office ended upon clocking the retirement age of 70.
Following the appointment of the new chairperson and the commissioners, the Appointments Committee of Parliament headed by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has set Wednesday next week to vet them starting the chairperson at 9:30am.
The huge task ahead of the commission is to hear out over 600 complaints filed against judicial officers including that of Dr Kizza Besigye against Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma. Besigye, a four-time presidential candidate, has always described Justice Kavuma as a cadre judge who is there to serve the interests of the Executive arm of government.
The other task is to recruit non-judicial staff like the court clerks following the 2015 constitutional amendments to that effect.
Who is Justice Kabiito?
A father of two children, Kabiito was born on July 31, 1958.
He graduated from Makerere University with a Bachelor of Laws in 1981 before joining the Law Development Centre. He passed the bar course and graduate in 1982 with a post graduate diploma in legal practice.
He was enrolled as a high court advocate in 1982, three years before he joined the justice ministry as state attorney from 1985 until 1993.
In 1993, Kabiito resigned and joined private practice. He was appointed judge of the High Court on May 1, 2008.
At the time of his appointment as JSC chairperson, he had just been transferred to Fort Portal High Court as resident judge.