The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has downplayed calls to interdict his deputy Stephen Kavuma, who is accused of gross incompetence and misuse of judicial powers.
This’ after a whistle-blower from the Court of Appeal circuit, petitioned the Chief Justice to interdict Justice Kavuma in order to save the image of the court which he has allegedly tainted through radical decisions and superfluous injunctions he has issued over the years.
The petitioners assured the Chief Justice that they are willing to testify against Justice Kavuma, if called upon to show cause for his immediate interdiction.
However, in an interview with URN, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe says does not have authority over his deputy. He explains the petitioners are demanding for too much from him adding that interdicting his deputy does not fall within his jurisdiction.
He explains that the constitution rests the powers to suspend or interdict any judge over any mischief to the President upon advice by the Judicial Service Commission and Cabinet. The organs can only base the decision on findings by a commission of inquiry which has never been instituted in justice Kavuma’s case.
Ever since he came into the limelight the Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma has not personally come out to respond to his critics and our latest attempts to reach him has yielded no results.