Thursday June 26 2014

East African judiciaries meet to strengthen ongoing integration

R-L Supreme court judge Dr.Stella Kisaakye

R-L Supreme court judge Dr.Stella Kisaakye Mayambala, Chairperson East African Judges education Commission Prof Joel Ngugi, and Acting Chief justice Steven Kavuma during the retreat and training leadership management for the members of the East African Judicial education Committee at Imperial Royale yesterday. Photo by Faiswal Kasirye 


Representatives of the five East African member state judiciaries are meeting in Kampala to among others undergo training with a keen eye of attaining an effective ongoing East African integration.

While officially opening the three-day workshop in Kampala Wednesday, Acting Chief Justice of Uganda, Steven Kavuma observed that given the current trends towards the region integration in various parts of the world, the East African region has no option but to integrate.

He added that the third arm of their respective states have to play very critical roles of nurturing peace that will lead to stability and creation of wealth in the region.

“The issue of the East African integration is as critical as it is important to all the citizens of the East African Community. This therefore, means that everybody including institutions such as the national judiciaries are stakeholders in the process and have an important role to play in fostering, furthering, deepening and widening the integration,” said Justice Kavuma.

“ In attainment of all the above, the national judiciaries play a central role by way of adjudication of disputes and provision of a conducive judicial environment necessary for the achievement of holistic development,” added Kavuma.

Article 126 of the East African Treaty provides for the legal and judicial affairs for the member states to enable them achieve the objectives of the community by harmonizing their legal training.

Further responsibilities of the members states that include; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are; to harmonize all national laws in the community and to establish a common syllabus for the training of lawyers and common standard to be attained in examinations in order to qualify and to be licensed to practice as an advocate in their respective superior courts.