Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi, one of the three judges of the International Crimes Division Court (ICD) handling the trial where Sheikh Yunus Kamoga and 14 others are charged with terrorism and murdering of Muslim clerics has been given a six months contract.
Muhanguzi’s term in office expired a few months back after clocking 65years, the mandatory age at which all judicial officers must leave office.
In April this year, he was replaced by Justice Wilson Kwesiga as the lead judge in the Muslims clerics’ trial.
But basing on the sensitivity of the case where over 30 witnesses had already testified, various authorities in the judiciary took up an option of granting justice Muhanguzi a 6 months contract to enable him conclude the case which is in its final stages.
Solomon Muyita the senior Communications Officer of the Judiciary revealed that Justice Muhanguzi’s new contract was signed on 10th June 2017 and it will expire in December this year.
“Some of the reasons why Justice Muhanguzi was given this contract is to ensure justice is dispensed since the new judge may not have a chance to identify a number of factors on the witnesses including their characters and emotions during their testimony” Muyita pointed out.
Muyita added that the judiciary through the minister of Justice of Constitutional affairs delivered their proposal to cabinet to hire retired judges on contract so they can help in reducing on the case back log.
He adds that once this decision is cleared by the cabinet it will be tabled before Parliament and on being cleared the judges will be given contracts with specific set targets for each of them.