September 15, 2016

Muslims petition Kadaga over M7’s JSC appointments

Muslims petition Kadaga over M7’s JSC appointments


By Serestino Tusingwire


Muslims have petitioned the speaker of parliament who also heads the parliamentary appointments committee to understand why they are not represented in the recently appointed judicial service commission.

The appointments committee convened yesterday (Wednesday 14th) to vet the eight members headed by High Court Judge Benjamin Isingoma Kabiito, but speaker told the house that she had received the petition from the Muslim community questioning the appointments.

“I received a petition from the Muslim community questioning the appointment of the commissioners on grounds that Muslims were left out,” speaker Kadaga said.

She said the petition is before the Committee on Equal Opportunities that is expected to file a report on the next course of action next month.

“I have referred the petition to the Committee on Equal Opportunities to study all the presidential appointees and give us an update,” Kadaga said.

The Speaker said the Appointments Committee often struggles to build consensus on Presidential appointments because “some communities are not represented.”

Justice Benjamin Isingoma Kabiito, the new JSC chairman and five commissioners including Ms Ruth Sebatandira  & Ms Norah Matovu Winyi (representatives of the law society), Ms Rose Nyakikongoro & Ms Amongin Aporu (representatives of the public), and Dr Laban Nnini Kirya (representative of the public service),  yesterday appeared before the Parliament Appointments Committee for vetting.

Ms Justin Mugabi was vetted as a member of the Electoral Commission.

The Supreme Court judge Faith Mwonda, who was appointed deputy chairperson to the Commission, did not appear for vetting and it was unclear why she missed the session.

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