National
Justice Nsekela calls for permanent EACJ judges
Publish Date: May 27, 2014
Justice Nsekela calls for permanent EACJ judges
Acting Chief Justice Remmy Kasule (left) presenting a gift to Justice Harold Nsekera after his courtesy call at the Court of Appeal in Kampala. Photo by Wilfred Sanya
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Hillary Nsambu

OUTGOING president of the East African Court of Justice, Justice Harold Nsekela, has noted that the time has arrived for the East African Court of Justice to have permanent judges to handle the big volume of cases that are pending hearing at its original stage.  

Nsekela said that there were many cases being filed into the court’s different registries in the member countries that end up being referred to the court’s headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.

The cases needed constant hearing and quick decisions that require permanently appointed judges to the court at the original stage.

“It is high time the East African Court of Justice had permanent judges at the initial stage, who should constantly hear and decide cases that are being filed into its registries in big numbers from member countries,” Nsekela proposed on Tuesday.

Nsekela said that the present way of judges carrying out their work at the EA Court of Justice while at the same time carrying out their judicial work at their local jurisdictions stalls the cases that come in from different member states which needed expeditious disposal.    

Justice Kasule (left) presenting another gift to Justice Nsekera. Photo by Wilfred Sanya

Justice Kasule presenting a gift to the Registrar of the East African Court of Appeal Prof. John Ruhangisa while Justice Nsekera looks on. Photo by Wilfred Sanya

The East African Court of Justice Chief law lord, who is due to relinquish his term of office on June 25, 2014, having been appointed in 2006, was in Kampala to say farewell to Uganda Judiciary officials enroute to Rwanda and other member countries.

Acting Chief Justice (CJ) Remmy Kasule, in company of other Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court Justices and many other High Court judges, received Justice Nsekela at Twed Tower, Nakasero, where they held an hour’s cordial discussion over tea and coffee.

Justice Kasule represented Justice Steven Kavuma who was reported to be out of the country on official duty. The EA Court of Justice registrar, Prof Dr John Eudes Ruhangisa, accompanied fellow Tanzanian Justice Nsekela.

In a separate interview, Justice Kasule told New Vision that the court is one of the organs responsible for integrating East Africans in the area of the administration of justice. 

Its main role is to interpret the provisions of the East African Community Treaty, so that whatever is done in any partner state is not in violation of the provisions of that treaty. 

Related stories

East African Court of Justice underutilised

EAC told to establish court of appeal

EA Court opens registry in Kampala

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Gen. Muhwezi warns Maj. Mutale over militias
Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi, the minister of information and national guidance, has warned the Presidential Advisor on Political Affairs, Maj. Kakooza Mutale....
First Lady calls for unity among youth
The First Lady and Minister of Karamoja Affairs, Janet Museveni, has asked the youth to work together in unity to achieve high goals in life....
WHO to study use of sanctions as part of global epidemic response
The World Health Organization said Tuesday it will study the idea of using sanctions to punish countries that do not comply with global health regulations, following widespread failures in the response to the Ebola outbreak.The WHO has created a committee to review the fiercely-criticised global re...
Former Botswana president advises on governance
The former President of Botswana, Sir Ketumile Masire has warned African presidents against bad governance as it retards development and causes violence....
Government to institute a specialized sexual violence unit
In a bid to reduce the rampant sexual violence cases in the country, the government is planning to set up a specialized police unit to lower the offence....
Experts want  traditional medicine, conventional treatment integration
With over 60% Ugandans said to be relying on traditional medicine for their primary health care needs, traditional health experts want the government to integrate it with conventional treatment ....
Do you support KCCA'S move to ban campaign posters from the city?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter