Parliament has on Friday, 21st July confirmed the appointment of 11 people as Judges of the High Court in an “acting” capacity.
The 11 were appointed by President Yoweri Museveni recently per the Constitution and they are;
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Ms. Nabakooza Flavia, Mr. Mwaka Phillip, Mr. Kwizera Amos, Mr. Makumbi David Samson, Dr. Akello Christine, Mr. Jamson Karemani (spokesperson of the Judiciary), Ms. Jacqueline Mwondha, Ms. Naluzze Aisha, Ms. Kania Rosette Comfort, Ms. Rubagumya Tumusiime, and Mr. Lubega Farouq.
The appointments are part of the Judiciary’s heightened efforts to increase the number of Judicial officers in a bid to close its staffing gaps which are blamed for the high backlog of cases in the Court system.
The 11 Judges have been appointed in acting capacities something whose constitutionality hangs in balance after the Constitutional Court found such appointments of Judges in acting capacities to be unconstitutional as they pose a risk to Judicial independence.
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That Constitutional Court Judgment’s execution was however stopped upon the request of the Attorney General who is the chief legal advisor of Government as he plans to appeal the Judgment in the Supreme Court.
We have been made to understand by Mr. Ivan Bwowe, the lawyer who represented petitioners in the Constitutional Court that they are moving the Supreme Court next week to order expedition of the case.
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