DP Vows To Block Odoki’s reappointment

price geneva; font-size: small;”>“The reappointment of Justice Odoki is rape of justice in this country given that it doesn’t meet the criteria in the Constitution, online ” said Norbert Mao, the party president.

He emphasized that Odoki no longer qualifies as a chief justice since the law clearly disqualifies him given that he is above 70 years.

“There is no way President Museveni can qualify anyone who is already disqualified by law; he should have extended the age limit before Odoki vacated the office,” he added.

Mao said this is a fresh instrument of appointment which is aimed at doing away with age limits upon all levels of succession including the office of the president.

“We should all remember that during his retirement, Odoki presented a paper for the removal of age limits upon the chief justice and now it is under way.”

The opposition leader insisted that this is a test to see if Ugandans can accept lifting the age limit and if it is approved for the chief justice, the next move will be to remove age limit from the president.

He called upon all Ugandans to oppose the continued attempt of violating the constitution of Uganda.

“How long will Ugandans continue to stand still as the constitution of our mother country is being violated; we should all rise up and defend our powers,” asserted Mao.

Recently, President Museveni was quoted directing the Judicial Service Commission to extend Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki’s contract for two years and this has raised contention among several politicians and civil societies.

Justice Odoki, who had served as chief justice for 12 years, reached the mandatory retirement age of 70 years in March and also served out the three-month extension period.

If reappointed, Justice Odoki will become the first person to serve that post in Uganda while above the age of 70 years in the country’s history.


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