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Lawyers threaten to boycott court proceedings until new CJ is appointed

20 January 2015, 11:36 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - The Acting Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma, has lashed out at those claiming that he is holding onto the Chief Justice seat.

This follows a threat by the lawyers fraternity in the country to boycott all court proceedings until Kavuma quits his post.

Kavuma has been acting as deputy chief justice for over two years but since there is no chief justice, he also performs the duties of chef justice.

Ever since former chief justice Benjamin Odoki retired after reaching retirement age three years ago and the subsequent death of the deputy chef justice later on, president Museveni has not appointed substantive officials in the two posts.

He instead appointed Steven Kavuma to act as the deputy chief justice.

One of the lawyers, Andrew Ociti said, ''For over two years the President has failed to appoint a chief justice and a deputy chief justice. It is absurd that the country has no leaders of the judiciary yet it boasts of having highly educated lawyers.''

Another lawyer, Chris Oola said, ''Steven Kavuma is not fit to be the acting deputy chief justice because he is a member of the ruling party and has ever worked as minister under Museveni. So, he can easily be compromised by the government.''

Kavuma hs responded by saying: "I want to assure all Ugandans that there is no calamity in the judiciary. The judiciary is performing normally.''

He further rubbished claims  that he wanted to impose himself as chief justice.

He said, ''I am not claiming to be a substantive chief justice but am performing my duties as acting deputy chief justice and cannot be intimidated from doing that."

The Judicial Sector is further demanding that the Government allocate it more funding in the national budget.

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