Ogwal to judges: Age bill suspicious, retire with dignity


Hon Cecilia Ogwal


Hon Cecilia Ogwal, the opposition commissioner of parliament, has urged judges to retire and leave office while they still have some dignity.
Ogwal was last week commenting on the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2016, which seeks to raise the retirement age of judicial officers and electoral commissioners from 65 to 75 years.
Ogwal said the public is eagerly waiting to see how the speakers [Rebecca Kadaga and her deputy Jacob Oulanyah] will handle the controversial debate.
The two speakers instead avoided the bill and went to the US to attend a convention of Ugandans living in North America.
Ogwal said she was surprised that the people moving this motion are youth.
“It should be us old people championing for age-limit,” she argued.
“We want the judges to be happy, 65-70 years is enough. They should retire with dignity.”
According to Ogwal, the judges have given the proposal while the politicians and the public must debate on it greatly.
“In tense political situations, one would be suspicious of this particular age limit.”
Makerere law professor, Daniel Ruhweza, says removing age limit from one public office, means doing the same in other offices.
“With or without the age limit of judges, I personally think the president’s age limit will also be raised.”
He said the precedence that this age limit bill is a precursor of something bigger cannot be wiped from people’s mind.
“We have a government that has been in power for almost 30 years. If it was a new government, we would be anticipating.”

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