A group of 13 loyal Cadres including a retired UPDF general have been shortlisted to become justices of the Supreme Court.
According to a shortlist that has been released by the Judicial Service Commission, Brig.Charles Wacha Angulo, the former UPDF director in charge of human rights retired from active service in July and is among the 13 people who have been shortlisted for the Supreme Court job.
Among other candidates include the current chairperson of the commission of inquiry on land matters, Catherine Bamugemereire, Hellen Obura, Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Stephen Musota, Elizabeth Musoke, Cheborion Barishaki, Goeffrey Kiryabwire, Percy Tuhaise and Joseph Murangira all Cadres.
Others are Director of Public Prosecutions, Mike Chibita, Justice Henry Peter Adonyo Atim, and Raphael Baku, the former Deputy Inspector General of Government.
According to the Judicial Service Commission, one only qualifies for appointment as a justice of the Supreme Court, if he or she has served as a justice of the Appeals court or High Court adding that someone can also be appointed a justice of the Supreme Court if they have served a court similar to a jurisdiction with the High Court, Court of Appeal or has practiced as an advocate for a period not less than 15 years before a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters.
The 13 names that have been shortlisted will then be forwarded to the President of Uganda who in accordance with powers vested in him by the 1995 constitution of the Republic of Uganda and basing on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission will have the discretion to choose three people to become justices of the Supreme Court in Uganda.
After the President selecting the three top contending candidates, their names will then be forwarded to the parliamentary appointments committee for vetting chaired by the Speaker of Parliament.
Early this year, the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe complained that the current case backlog in Ugandan courts is a result of the limited number of Judges.
The Supreme Court of Uganda headed by the Chief Justice currently has 11 Justices which has been of great influence on the huge number of Case backlog in Uganda Courts.