Mabirizi petitions East African Court over Owiny-Dollo’s appointment as Chief Justice: Mabirizi petitions East African Court over Owiny-Dollo’s appointment as Chief Justice:
Lawyer Male Mabirizi has petitioned the East African Court of Justice to challenge the appointment of Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo as Chief Justice and Richard Buteera as his deputy.
In his petition to the regional court, Mabirizi states that the appointment of both justices by President Museveni was illegal.
“Justice Richard Buteera’s nomination in the position of Deputy Chief Justice! which was not vacant at the time of nomination approval and appointment, it being occupied by Justice Alphonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo,” Mabirizi says.
“The Uganda Judicial Service Commission has never declared the position of Deputy Chief Justice vacant, never advertised it, never conducted interviews and never selected candidates for the same.”
The lawyer argues that Buteera has never applied to become a deputy Chief Justice. Whereas the Judicial Service Commission has also never advised the President to appoint him as Deputy Chief Justice.
Mabirizi petitions East African Court over Owiny-Dollo’s appointment as Chief Justice
Approval by parliament
Mabirizi also avers that the approval of both justices by parliament recently was also an illegality. Mabirizi says it was not open to members of the public
Surprisingly, “The Parliamentary vetting of Justice Alphonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo and Justice Richard Buteera! as Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice of the Republic of Uganda, respectively was legal. Moreover it was closed out to the public and the press.”
The lawyer argues that a report of the Parliamentary Appointments Committee was never presented to the Parliamentary plenary for debate. Therefore voting and all proceedings that led to the approval are null and void.
However, Mabirizi now wants the EA Court of Justice to declare that the nomination, appointment and approval of Justice Alphonse and Richard Buteera. As Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice respectively by President Museveni and later parliament was illegal.
Lastly, “Court should issue orders annulling the appointment and assumption of office by Justice Alphonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo! as Chief Justice of the Republic of Uganda. And Justice Richard Buteera as Deputy Chief Justice,” the court documents say.