High Court in Kampala has allowed Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma, to hear and be part of the judges who will make a ruling on a case filed against him.
The case was filed by Western Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga back in March seeking an order compelling the Judicial Service commission to immediately avail documents relating to Kavuma’s appointment.
Backed by city advocate Eron Kiiza, Karuhanga first filed the case was in Constitutional Court which allegedly declined to receive the petition.
Retired Supreme Court judge, Prof George Kanyeihamba, then cried in public protesting court’s decision to ignore his client’s petition.
Later, Supreme Court accepted the petition which seeks to recall the appointment and approval of Justice Kavuma as the new Deputy Chief Justice.
On Tuesday, Judge Steven Musota allowed Kavuma to hear the application against him.
This came about after Kavuma’s lawyer, Macdusman Kabega, demanded that his client be added to those hearing the case.
Kabega told court that his client is an affected party in the case and any decision made may affect him.
They are expected back in court on Thursday.
Kanyeihamba, on the other hand, says his clients are yet to see Kavuma’s appointment from the Judicial Service Commission.
The Uganda Law Society (ULS) wrote to the Chief Registrar of courts of judicature, Paul Gadenya, demanding that an investigation be done on Registry staff of the Constitutional Court on why they denied registering the petition challenging Justice Kavuma’s appointment.
The petitioners claim that the Judicial Service Commission did not nominate Justice Kavuma’s name to be considered by President Museveni for his appointment which is unconstitutional.
Karuhanga says Kavuma was never suggested by the Judicial Service Commission and he never sat for any interviews to deserve that job but was smuggled in by President Museveni.
Opposition Members of Parliament sitting on Parliament’s appointments committee boycotted the vetting of Justice Kavuma as the Deputy Chief Justice on grounds that he was not approved by the Judicial Service Commission for the position.