Uganda justice system sucks! Prof George Kanyeihamba says

By Nkonge I Kaggwa in Kampala – Uganda

Prof George Kanyeihamba, who wants President Museveni to sort the Ugandan judiciary out sooner rather than later.
Prof George Kanyeihamba, who wants President Museveni to sort the Ugandan judiciary out sooner rather than later.

Former Ugandan Supreme Court Judge Professor George William Kanyeihamba has scorned the country’s current judicial system which he said was in a paralysis due to a lack of a substantive Chief and deputy Chief Justices to direct its affairs.

Addressing the media in Kampala Tuesday over the actions by acting Chief Justice Steven Kavuma in a case involving   the Kampala Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago where the Mayor’s lawyers were locked out of court, Justice Kanyeihamba expressed disappointment and described the ruling as the most embarrassing and disastrous act Justice Kavuma has ever made because it has never happened in any other country in the world.

Kanyeihamba noted that the current system needs to be awakened through the intervention of both the Ugandan parliament or President Yoweri Museveni as the appointing authority because it is on the verge of collapsing. He pointed out that since the retirement of former Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki in June last year , the appointing authority has adamantly refused to appoint a new chief justice, while the post of deputy chief justice has been vacant for over two years.

In anguish, Kanyeihamba said that for a year now, Justice Kavuma has been serving as the deputy chief justice while also doubling as the Acting chief justice. “The nature of appointment of the current acting and chief justice Steven Kavuma leaves a lot to be desired,” he said,  noting that there was total chaos in the leadership of the judiciary because Kavuma has violated the constitution by appointing himself to the two posts without an appointment letter spelling out his roles.

5 thoughts on “Uganda justice system sucks! Prof George Kanyeihamba says

  • April 9, 2014 at 8:28 pm
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    It surely sucks…
    absurd.

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  • April 10, 2014 at 7:26 am
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    Please Kanyeyihamba get real. You are asking M7 to rectify a situation he has caused not only in judiciary but in all vital sectors of our economy. Just look what M7 has for minister of education, what he has as Inspector General of Police, a Kabwegyere in cabinet, a Kibule, a Nantaba etc etc. So as long as M7 is president the Steven Kavuma’s type of sycophancy and mediocrity will hold sway. If you cannot plan to kill or actually kill the wolf then you must accommodate it as it devours your herd. It is not the Judiciary that sucks but he who presides over the affairs of our country – Yoweri Kaguta.

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  • April 10, 2014 at 8:29 am
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    This is a very welcome intervention by a very credible person, but the average citizen has suffered so much as a result of the highly dysfunctional judicial system, which denies us justice. A case in point is that of the former employees of the Defunct East African Airways Corporation, whom the government has refused to pay their terminal benefits for 38 years and these people have been in court for 15 years and are still waiting for justice.

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    • April 15, 2014 at 8:34 am
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      just get used to it. M7’s government is a mafioso and will never pay. just work with those who want to remove it and may be you will get your benefits.

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  • April 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm
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    WE ARE MORNING OUR BROTHERS WHO WHERE KILLED IN SOUTH SUDAN, THEY HAVE PILED DEAD BODIES IN DIFFERENT PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY AND EVERY WEEK, THEY SUPPLY THEM TO THE OWNERS. M7 NEEDS TO BE TRIED AND POSSIBLY HANGED ALIVE IN PUBLIC, HE HAS COURSED A BIG PROBLEM HERE.

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