Apart from splurting out expletives, and pandering to the lowest rungs of human corruption and greed, can you please address the serious issues raised in this debate? Please don’t write just for the sake of it. I never entertain idiots and have terrible aversion to nonsense passing as debate.
1. My assertion is that the Ugandan judiciary today is so corrupt and emasculated that it can no longer be regarded as a mechanism for dispensing justice. It dispenses a gangster’s justice as can be evidenced in the numerous judgements it has delivered over the judiciary, which display almost abject surrender of judicial independenc, courage, impartiality and intellect
2. The Ugandan judiciary, especially its three top ranks are packed with cadre judges. 4 judges of the Supreme Court, including Katreebe, Nshimye, and Kavuuma, are card carrying members of the NRA, with Katreebe at No,28 and Kavuuma at No.34.
3. 4 Judges of the Supreme Court have worked as paid advisors in the NRA Secretariat
4. At least 3 of the Supreme Court judges have served terms as NRA MPs. Katreebe served as Cabinet Minister as well as Attorney General for more than 7 years.
5. Of the 55 judges of the superior courts, the Court of Appeal, the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court, my last count shows that 33 of them are card carrying members of the NRA, many having stood and lost as aspiring MPs and were compensated or cajoled with judicial positions to lock them down in incestous loyalty.
6.Your hero kayibanda Museveni has side-lined the Judicial Services Commission, which used to be the appointing body for all judicial positions, as is the case in all other commonwealth or common law countries. Kayibanda changed the constitution in 1995 to arrogate powers of appointment of judges to himself alone, with the Judicial Service Commission having only advisory powers. Kayibanda has ignored all the recommendations of even this tame and largely rubber-stamp body and appoints judges as a reward or bribe, to win them or their tribal consituencies, or to silence them.
9. Most of the current judges of the higher courts, and especially Katreebe, Kavuma and Nshimye would be disqualified from holding any judicial position on the basis of bias or potential bias. In the UK, it is totally inconcievable for a former MP or former Minister to appointed to a judicial position. This would be a scandal almost of siesmic proportions- any government that did that would be removed from office.
10. Judges are supposed to be men and women of the highest intergrity, totally free from bias, or appearance of bias, even if it is only historic appearance, or appearance by association. A person or persons responsible for policies of a political organisation, to the extent of working in its secertariat and serving it as an MP, and in the case of Katreebe, even sitting as a member of Executive Committee of that organisation for many years, should never be appointed a judge under any circumstance.
11. Katreebe’s law firm in Kampala represented Kayibanda Museveni in the election petition brought by Amama Mambadzi. Here then, we had the bizarre situation where Kayibanda employs his own Chief Justice to represent him in a case presided over by the same Chief Justice. It does not matter that Katreebe employed other lawyers to appear in court, what is important is that he owned or was associated with that law chambers. Katreebe law firm was being paid by Kayibanda and the Uganda government on the one hand as a private lawyer, and also paid by the Uganda government in his role as a judicial officer.