Chief Justice, Benjamin Odoki Finally Bows Out


viagra order geneva;”>This follows his official retirement as the Chief Justice in March this year after clocking 70 years, sickness the mandatory retirement age.

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However, he still remained in office for three more months, a mandate entrusted to him by the constitution.

“During this period, he will be completing pending work including writing judgments,” said the Chairman Judicial Service Commission, Justice James Ogoola while launching the Client Service Charter in Kampala, in march this year.

His three month extension is expiring on June 23 thus leaving him with only today before leaving the judiciary.

Speaking to the media on Friday, the Attorney General, Peter Nyombi said, “Today could well be Odoki’s last in office after the mandatory three months within which he is expected to wind up any unfinished business.”

Odoki has been at the helm of the judiciary for the last twelve years making him Uganda’s longest serving Chief Justice. He has greatly been praised for ably steering the judiciary even amidst a host of challenges.

Article 144 of the Constitution, states that in case of the Chief Justice, the Deputy Chief Justice, a Justice of the Supreme Court and a Justice of Appeal, they shall retire on attaining the age of seventy years.

Brief Background

Born in Busia, Eastern Uganda on March 23, 1943, Odoki went to Kings College Budo for secondary education. He enrolled at Dar es Salaam University where he studied law.

He was a year ahead of the late Eriya Kategaya, the late James Wapakabulo who were studying law and President Museveni who had enrolled for a degree in political science.

His judicial career began at the age of 35, with his appointment in 1978 as a Judge of the High Court of Uganda, at a difficult period in his country’s history. From 1981 to 1984, he served as Director of Public Prosecutions on secondment from the Judiciary.

In 1986, he was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court. From 1996 to 2000, he served as Chairman of the Judicial Service Commission.

In 2001, he was appointed Chief Justice of Uganda. He is also a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, and a Judge of the Administrative Tribunal of the African Development Bank.

In 1989, he was appointed Chairman of the Uganda Constitutional Commission which collected the views of the public and prepared a Draft Constitution for Uganda which was debated and adopted by an elected Constituent Assembly in 1995.

He also served as consultant on constitution-making processes in Kenya, Swaziland and Rwanda.

He will be remembered for having spearheaded the amalgamation of the 1995 constitution. He is mostly referred to as the father of the 1995 constitution.

He presided over two presidential petitions in which former Forum for Democratic Change president Kizza Besigye challenged the election of incumbent President Yoweri Museveni in 2001 and 2006.

During his time in the practice, he has been a recipient of several awards, including the Uganda Independence Medal, the Lucknow Peace Award, the Order of Merit of the old Budonians, the Distinguished Jurist Award of the Uganda Law Society, and the Distinguished Jurist Award by the Nigerian Association of Democratic Lawyers.

Benjamin Odoki went to Kings College Budo and at the University College Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, where he obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1969. He was enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda in 1970.Odoki is the 10th chief justice since independence.

Other past chief justices include; Sir Andley Mckisak (1961-1962), KG Bennet (Ag Chief Justice) 1962-1963 , Sir Udo Udoma (1963-1969), Sir Dermont Sheridan, (1969-1971), Benedicto Kiwanuka (1971-1972), Samuel Wako Wambuzi (1972-1975), Mohamed Saied (1975-1979), Samuel Wako Wambuzi (1979-1980), George Masika (1980-1985), Peter Allen (1985-1986), Samuel Wako Wambuzi (1986-2001), and Benjamin Odoki (2001-2013).


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