Deputy chief jus­tice Kavuma re­tires

The East African - - NEWS -

JUS­TICE STEVEN Kavuma’s ten­ure of­fi­cially came to an end last week on Fri­day, when he reached the manda­tory re­tire­ment age of 70.

Nev­er­the­less, the law al­lows Jus­tice Kavuma, who was syn­ony­mous with con­tro­ver­sial in­terim or­ders, three more months to clear pend­ing work. This means that he is not sup­posed to take on any more files or as­sign­ments.

Jus­tice Kavuma is ex­pected to con­cen­trate on the pend­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tion ap­peals as he took on the most.

The Con­sti­tu­tion has set the re­tire­ment age for a jus­tice of the Court of Ap­peal and Supreme Court at 70 years, while a High Court judge should re­tire at 65.

Jus­tice Kavuma’s re­tire­ment has come be­fore the Supreme Court de­ter­mines a case chal­leng­ing his ap­point­ment.

Ntung­amo Mu­nic­i­pal­ity MP Gerald Karuhanga, who lodged the suit, claimed Pres­i­dent Mu­sev­eni hand-picked Jus­tice Kavuma for the deputy chief jus­tice job and ig­nored names for­warded by the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion.

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