Museveni’s reference to Odoki as CJ causes unease
Posted Saturday, October 26 2013 at 01:00
The reference apparently will influence the Parliament Appointments Committee in as far as approving Odoki is concerned.
Mixed reactions have been drawn following President Museveni’s reference to former Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki as his ‘Chief Justice whom he nominated’.
The President made the controversial protocol address early this week while attending the burial of his deceased Presidential adviser, Chango Macho in Busia District. Mr Museveni was reported to have started addressing the mourners as: “Your Lordship the Chief Justice whom I nominated”, before recognising the Cabinet ministers present.
This was the first time the President publicly spoke about the controversial re-appointment of Mr Odoki as CJ that hit headlines about three months ago.
The presence of Justice Odoki at the funeral had raised protocol issues with the previous speakers since his fate is not clear as per now. Ms Betti Olive Namisango Kamya, the president of opposition party Uganda Federal Alliance, said President Museveni knows his Parliament very well and that his remarks meant that Parliament would at whatever cost clear Mr Odoki.
Various players, including the Uganda Law Society, academicians, and opposition politicians are up in arms opposing the controversial re-appointment of Justice Odoki as CJ by President Museveni for the next two years on grounds that he does not qualify since he has clocked the retirement age of 70.
Makerere Law professor Ben Twinomugisha said the President’s remarks were unfortunate as they will influence the Parliament Appointments Committee in as far as approving Odoki is concerned.
Uganda Law Society president Ruth Sebatindira branded Mr Museveni’s remarks as ‘political’ and that she is not much taken up by them since they were not legal.