Vetting of new judges expected to start today
The appointments committee of Parliament will today start interviewing the 28 nominated judges.
A source on the committee said the exercise will last three days, starting with nominees to the Supreme Court, followed by those to the Court of Appeal.
Recently, President Yoweri Museveni named 28 new judges to fill vacant positions in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the High Court.
The committee is, among others, mandated to approve the appointment of persons nominated for appointment by the President under the Constitution or any other appointment that requires the approval of Parliament.
Meetings of the committee are convened by the Speaker and or the Deputy Speaker, but its proceedings are closed to the public.
However, Muslim MPs recently petitioned the Speaker, contesting the President’s list of new judges.
The 42 MPs, led by Latif Ssebaggala (Kawempe North), said they wanted the vetting process to be halted until some Muslims are included.
However, according to rules of procedure of Parliament, approval shall not be withheld unless the committee is satisfied on evidence that the person nominated does not possess qualifications as prescribed by law to hold that office.
Nominees to the Court of Appeal include Richard Butera (the Director of Public Prosecutions), Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa and Kenneth Kakuru. Tibatemwa is Makerere University’s deputy vice-chancellor in charge of academic affairs.