Members of Parliament on the Appointments Committee on Friday approved the newly appointed Deputy Chief Justice, Alphonse Owiny Dollo.
The Committee chaired by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah also vetted and accepted appointments of Justices Richard Butera and Paul Mugamba as judges of the Supreme Court.
According to sources who attended the customarily closed door session, MPs raised several issues before Owiny-Dolo and tasked him to explain how he is going to handle them.
“All the nominees for Deputy Chief Justice position and justices of the Supreme Court went through, although we are yet to make a report,” a source who attended the meeting said.
Legislators were reportedly tough on the rampant backlog of cases in Judiciary and the partisan behavior of some judges.
“We spent much of the time probing how Owiny-Dolo as the second in the hierarchy of Judiciary is going to handle the chronic backlog. We also pressed him on cadre judges who have become political tools,” another source said.
President Museveni on 18th August in a letter to Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga appointed Owiny-Dolo to replace Richard Kavuma who is retiring at the end of this month. Mr. Kavuma clocked 70 years of age at the end of last month and according to the Constitution he must get out.
Article 144 (1) (a) of the Constitution says the Chief Justice, the Deputy Chief Justice, a justice of the Supreme Court and a justice Court of Appeal may retire after attaining the age of seventy years and shall vacate his or her office.