By Our reporter
The former minister of Ethics and integrity Maria Matembe has attacked the outgoing European Ambassador to Uganda Roberto Redolfi for backing president Museveni for re-appointing Odoki as chief justice for more two years.
Matembe told Uganda picks during an interview that, EU Ambassador doesn’t have an authority to speak on Uganda Affairs because he is not our constitution. “We are an independent country. We are not ruled by European Union. This man so called Redolfi is not the interpreter of our constitution and he should talk on issues of Europe not for Ugandans. We are following our constitution not Europeans” Matembe noted.
“It is Ugandans who should preview and they prevail through their constitution and through their parliament so it is not the EU Ambassador who decide whether president Museveni is right to re-appoint Odoki or not” Matembe said.
“It is also unfortunate for the Judiciary which is empowered to interpret our constitution is the one involved in these wrangles” She added.
Ambassador Roberto Redolfi while Officiating at the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association monthly discourse held at parliament, last week backed president Museveni for re-appointing Odoki.
He said (Ambassador Redolfi) 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” He said.
President Museveni wrote to the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga requesting parliament to approve Hon Justice Benjamin Odoki as a chief justice on 2years contract.
According to the letter dated 9th August 2013 President Museveni based on Article 142 (1), 143 and 253 of the constitution to re-appoint Justice Odoki on 2years contract.
Article 142 (1) says that, the chief Justice, the deputy chief Justice, the principle Judge, a justice of the Supreme Court, a justice of Appeal and a judge of the High court shall be appointed by the president acting on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission and with the approval of parliament. While 253 talks about the reappointments and concurrent appointments.
Appointments committee chaired by speaker Kadaga has not yet decided for the dates for the committee to seat and approves Odoki for chief justice for two years.