Odoki Case Pushed To August 4th

Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki who is Meant to be Retiring this Year

The Constitutional Court has postponed its judgement in the Benjamin Odoki case till the 4th of August.

The Chief Justice Benjamin-Odoki
The Chief Justice Benjamin-Odoki

The postponement was made known to the lawyers in the case by the registrar this morning at the court’s offices on Twed Towers.

Nicholas Opiyo and Earnest Kalibala, the lawyers representing Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga were informed by the court registrar Deo Nzeyimana that the judgement of court will be delivered on 4th August.

Justice Remmy Kasule who is the lead judge in the case said that some of the judges on the panel are out of the country.

Court had earlier set Monday as the day to deliver the ruling but the day fell on Eid, a festival for Muslims at the end of 30 days of fasting. The court had said that in case Monday was a public holiday, the ruling would be delivered on the following working day.

MP Karuhanga is challenging the constitutionality of the re-appointment of former Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki to the post arguing that the President neglected advice from the Judicial Service Commission that argued that Odoki was past the mandatory retirement age of 70 to be appointed to the office.

Opiyo says they will wait for the court to deliver its ruling and are okay with the postponement.

The judicial service commission is mandated by the constitution under Article 142 to advise the President on the appointment of judges. The Judicial Service Commission has since gone on the record to state that they did not endorse Odoki’s re-appointment and that they advised the President against it.

The country has been without a substantive chief justice since Odoki’s retirement in June last year.

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