Odoki Appointed Swaziland Supreme Court Judge

The_Chief_Justice_Benjamin_Odoki_252090112 geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>According to the remedy geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Times Of Swazilandhere geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>, His Majesty King Mswati III in June appointed Odoki and retired South African Judge Philip Levisohn to the Supreme Court.

These appointments were confirmed by the Secretary of the Swaziland Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Lorraine Hlophe, who said the judges would be complementing the bench.

Asked when Odoki and Levinsohn would be sworn in, Hlophe said anytime and that “they would be available when needed since the Supreme Court sits on sessions, not full time.”

The secretary of the Law Society of Swaziland, Simanga Mamba, congratulated the two judges for their appointments. He wished them luck in the execution of their duties.

Mamba said Levinsohn was a senior judge as he had many cases now being referred to in many courts, some of which he presided over in 1968. He said he hoped Chief Justice Odoki was senior too, judging from his position in Uganda.

Andrew Kasirye, a senior lawyer and former President of the Uganda Law Society, told Chimpreports on Monday: “You cannot serve on two benches in two countries. Odoki cannot be in two places.”

Kasirye further revealed that during his term as Chief Justice in Uganda, Odoki “has been going to Swaziland and doing both jobs.”

He also noted that Uganda Law Society would soon take Odoki’s reappointment to the Constitutional Court, saying “The President went against the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to reappoint the Chief Justice who had already retired.”

After 12 years as Chief Justice, Odoki reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 years in March. He also served an extension of three months.

While the JSC advised that Odoki be stayed as Acting Chief Justice, President Museveni wrote to the commission, saying he be retained as Chief justice.

“Accordingly, it is my decision that for those two years, His Lordship Justice Benjamin Odoki should continue to be the Chief Justice… Therefore, send the appropriate instruments of appointment for my signature.”

Kasirye told this website: “This matter will likely end in the Constitutional Court.”


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