President Museveni has called on the judiciary to harmonise differences with the government in order to avail true justice to the people of Uganda.
Mr Museveni made the remarks on Saturday while swearing in new judges at State House Entebbe. Those sworn are Alice Mpagi Bahigaine who replaced retired Justice Laetitia Mukasa Kikonyogo. Justice Yorakamu Bamwine was also sworn in as the new Principal Judge replacing retired Justice James Ogoola.
Justice Remmy Kyononeka Kasule, who has been a judge of the High Court in Gulu, is now Judge of the Court of Appeal, replacing retired Justice George Steven Engwau, while Flavia Senoga Anglin, who has been Chief Registrar of the High Court, is now a judge of the High Court. Mr Museveni, according to a press release from State House cited the case involving Arua Municipality MP Akbar Hussein Godi who was found guilty of the murder of his wife.
Mr Godi had initially been granted bail after six months in prison but was later returned to court and convicted for the murder. Justice Lawrence Gidudu, who convicted him said in his ruling that the evidence against Godi was beyond reasonable doubt that he murdered his wife Rehema Caeser.
Mr Museveni said Mr Godi, a former Arua Municipality MP (FDC), was granted bail simply because he claimed to have been harassed by the government.
Mr Museveni has previously urged courts to support his idea of not granting bail to hardcore criminals including murderers, rapists, defilers and embezzlers, saying this erodes public confidence in government’s’ ability to dispense justice and also promotes corruption.
Some judges have rejected the executive’s attempt to influence who doesn’t get bail, saying it was a constitutional matter. Mr Museveni congratulated the Judges on their new appointments and commended Chief Justice of Benjamin Odoki for managing the judicial system.
Chief Justice Odoki urged the new Judges to work hard to improve public trust and confidence in the judicial system. The ceremony was graced by Attorney General, Dr Kiddu Makubuya, Head of Public Service John Mitala and Chairperson Judicial Service Commission Justice Seth Manyindo.