Tumwesigye to act on errant judges

Wednesday September 9 2015

New Judicial Service Commission member Jotham

New Judicial Service Commission member Jotham Tumwesigye (C) and Chief Justice Bart Katureebe on the Supreme Court bench recently. PHOTO BY DOMINIC BUKENYA 

By Anthony Wesaka

Kampala. Justice Jotham Tumwesigye has promised to speed up disciplinary action against errant judicial officers as one of the changes he wants to bring to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).
Justice Tumwesigye made the promise on Monday after he took oath as member of the nine-member commission that is mandated to recruit and discipline errant judicial officers.
The Supreme Court justice now replaces Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, who was earlier this year appointed to the helm of the Judiciary.
Justice Tumwesigye was last week appointed by President Museveni to represent the Judiciary on the JSC headed by Justice James Ogoola.

Swift response
“The Commission has been slow in disciplining errant judicial officers but I believe when I commence work, this should be swiftly done so that Judiciary gets rid of wrong characters,” the former IGG said.
“If a complaint has been brought against a given judicial officer, why take five years to come to a conclusion?” Justice Tumwesigye asked.
“I will do my utmost to ensure that the confidence entrusted in me is not in vain.”
At the same function, Chief Justice Katureebe reminded Justice Tumwesigye of the keyx role of the commission in recommending suitable candidates to the appointing authority.
The new JSC member promised to do his best in appointing the right judicial officers.

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