By Our Reporter
The outgoing European Union Ambassador to Uganda Roberto Ridolfi has noted that there is no problem with the re-appointment of the retired chief Justice Benjamin Odoki by President Museveni.
Officiating at the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association monthly discourse held at parliament, Ridolfi said that since the constitution gives the president the mandate to appoint the judges and other senior civil servants, he has the right to re-appoint the retired Benjamin Odoki considering the prevailing situation in the court.
“I don’t see anything wrong for the president to re-appoint Odoki because the constitution gives him powers to re-appoint him. May be the president failed to get a suitable candidate to replace Odoki to why he decided to re-appoint him.
Ambassador Ridolfi also reiterated that, the increase of the chief Justices salary also forced Odoki to change his mind.Odoki has been getting shs5M monthly. “He has been getting just a pea-nut because in Europe, a chief Justice is the most paid person” He confirmed.
Just yesterday the Uganda law Society resolved to ask President Museveni to reconsider the re-appointment of Benjamin Odoki as the Chief Justice and to ask Odoki not to take up the offer because it contravenes the supreme law.
Roberto’s comments come after strong criticisms from the civil society groups, the legal fraternity directed to the President’s move to re-appoint Odoki who has already reached the retirement age of 75 years.
He says that considering odoki’s good performance, the president could be having no choice but rather to extend his tenure in office.
Meanwhile Roberto noted that there is need for leaders in Uganda to develop the culture of taking up political responsibility by resigning from their positions they are required to do so.
The culture of taking political responsibility is one way of ensuring the leaders are accountable to the people.