Justice Kavuma who also doubles as the head of the Court of Appeal, has over time been embroiled in controversy with members of the opposition accusing him of being Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni’s puppet.
He’s ‘the man’ whenever Mr Museveni wants a court ruling against opposition members or their activities.
A case in point is when the state reportedly used him to controversially ban opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) defiance campaign activities.
He’s been sighted in a number of controversial cases which in the end are ruled in favour of Government earning him a label by the oppostion “the president’s Man’ in the justice system.
Kavuma’s retirement on September 29 will mean an end to his 42-year legal and political career.
The Constitution requires a judge of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, which also sits as the Constitutional Court, to retire at 70 years while a judge of the High Court retires upon turning 65 years.
Other judges set to retire are Augustine Nshimye, judge of the Supreme Court who is reportedly set to retire in December this year and Justice Akiiki-Kiiza (High Court) who is supposed to have retired on June 3 this year.
Those set to retire next year include Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi (judge of the International Crimes Division of the High Court) and Justice Elizabeth Nahamya also from the International Crimes Division of the High Court. They are both set to retire in February 2017. Justice Jotham Tumwesigye (Supreme Court ) will retire in August next year.
This comes just weeks after speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga three out a private member’s bill tabled by Nakifuma MP Kafeero Ssekitoleko (Nakifuma), seeking to amendment the Constitution.
Among the changes he sought to bring was the increasing of the age limit of judges from 65 to 70 and the justices of the Supreme Court from 70 to75 years