Parliament has today approved the newly appointed chief Justice
Alfonse Owiny-Dollo and his Deputy Richard Buteera.
The two appeared before the Appointments committee of
Parliament chaired by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga in which they were asked
questions and were scored at the same time.
Speaking to Uganda Radio Network - URN an MP who attended
the commission meeting said that the major issue that was raised was how the
two arms of Government, Legislature and the Judiciary can work together with
the aim of reducing friction.
This follows a longstanding battle between the two arms
where they have failed to agree on several issues from the probe into the 6
billion Oil cash bonanza after Justice Kavuma issued an order stopping an
inquiry into the matter. Kadaga called the order “stupid”. Of recent Kadaga
also challenged court for “stopping Parliament from doing its work” when court
ruled that the 10 billion cash payouts to MPs for COVID-19 intervention was irregular.
Kadaga according to sources who attended the meeting allowed
two MPs Moses Balyeku and Artkins Katusabe to ask questions on her behalf and
score them. The MPs reportedly scored the two justices who were interviewed
separately on their experience, competence, and achievements among others.
The MPs who attended the committee say both nominees excelled
and were approved.
“They all deserve it as they were very experienced and competent.
The only issue that came up was the one on how the two arms of Government can
work together,” the source said.
When interviewed the two justices were all confident that
they would make it saying the engagement with the committee was fruitful.
In an interview with journalists, they committed to fighting
corruption in the judiciary and handling the matter of backlog.
According to Owiny-Dollo, he hopes to get rid of the rampant
corruption in the judiciary, but asked that a joint effort be put to stop the
vice saying that the judges will not be bribed or corrupted if the public is
On Independence of Judiciary, Owiny-Dollo says that
personally he has remained very independent and the courts have made so many
decisions with the powers that be all over the place. He says as a Judge he has
ruled both in favor of the opposition and against the Government.
He says that those who think independence of the Judiciary
is about making a decision against the judiciary are wrong.
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On case backlog, Owiny-Dollo said that he told the
appointment committee that they need a good number of judges if the issues of
backlogs are to change. He says that if the issues of more judges are not
addressed, the next chief justice will still be asked the same after him.
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Buteera on his part said that delayed trials frustrate the
public and that is what he hopes to achieve. He says the grave shortage in the
number of judges should be handled.
On corruption he says it is giving a bad image to the
judiciary, and the corrupt judiciary officers should be made to answer for
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Parliament will now forward these names to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for