Retired judge weeps over Kavuma’s appointment as deputy CJ

Western youth MP Gerald Karuhanga and his lawyer, Mr George Kanyeihamba,  PHOTO BY GEOFFREY SSERUYANGE
Western youth MP Gerald Karuhanga and his lawyer, Mr George Kanyeihamba, PHOTO BY GEOFFREY SSERUYANGE

A former Supreme Court judge has wept publicly on claims that the Constitutional Court has declined to receive a petition challenging the appointment of Stephen Kavuma as Deputy Chief Justice.
George Kanyeihamba says he was called to the court to intervene as a lawyer representing two petitioners Gerald Karuhanga and Eron Kiiza who had reportedly failed to receive services from the court’s registry.

The Court Registrar Elena Kayinza told the petitioners that she could not attend to them that she was sick and going to see her doctor.
However, speaking between sobs Kanyeihamba says he is crying for the demolishing of the constitution and justice in the country.
He has now written to the Speaker of Parliament asking her to exercise her mandate and block the approval of Kavuma’s appointment.
He alleges that information from the Judicial Service Commission indicates that it never received Kavuma’s name for approval.
Earlier, the Constitutional Court ruled in the case justice of former Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki that the president had no powers to appoint a judge without approval from the Judicial Service.

Story by Ruth Anderah