Posted by: africanpressorganization | 3 November 2011

Uganda’s Chief Justice closes East African Court of Justice sensitization workshop in Kampala / Commends the Court for openning sub-registries in the Partner States / Urges Council of Ministers to conclude the Protocol extending jurisdiction of the Court


 

 

Uganda’s Chief Justice closes East African Court of Justice sensitization workshop in Kampala / Commends the Court for openning sub-registries in the Partner States / Urges Council of Ministers to conclude the Protocol extending jurisdiction of the Court

 

KAMPALA, Uganda, November 3, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Hon. Benjamin J. Odoki, Chief Justice of the Republic of Uganda has this afternoon closed the two-day workshop on the role of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) in the East African Community (EAC) integration process at the Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.

 

Addressing participants, the Chief Justice stated that the insufficient visibility, limited capacity of the Court in terms of inadequate organizational structure, human and financial resources should be addressed in order for it (Court) to play its role as envisaged in the Treaty establishing the EAC. He said the Court needs the political will and support of the entire EAC in order to discharge its crucial mandate.

 

The Chief Justice commended the decision of the Council of Ministers to allow the Court to open sub-registries in the Partner States and asserted that the region must appreciate that “we live in extra ordinary and dynamic times, and society will make us irrelevant if we do not respond to thier needs”.

 

“No doubt society is calling upon us to deliver to it full justice as it is required, justice without corruption whether accepted or not, justice with dignity and execellence and justice that addresses people’s human rights and society” declared Hon. Odoki.

 

Uganda’s Chief Justice called upon Partner States to find additional powers to support required reforms with the EACJ because it had demonstrated that even with the limited mandate, it had made commendable milestones and urged the Partner States to utilize the Court’s facility as an arbitral tribunal.

 

The Chief Justice urged national judiciaries to continue extending cooperation to EACJ as such collaboration will contribute to the harmonization of the regional jurisprudence as well as national laws leading to the creation of a robust legal envirinment that will inspire confidence in the region by various investors.

 

Hon. Benjamin Odoki urged the Council of Ministers to conclude the Protocol extending the jurisdiction of the Court and said the Court will be even busier with the implementation of the various Protocols of the Community.

 

“Time has come for the President of the EACJ as an Organ of the Community to concentrate, focus and direct his energy and planning towards the efficiency, growth and progress of the Court” concluded Hon. Odoki.

 

The workshop, themed The role and place of the Court in the EAC integration agenda, was attended by, among others; Hon. Eriya Kategaya, Uganda’s 1st Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community Affairs; Hon. Hafsa Mosi, the Chairperson of the EAC Council of Ministers and Burundi’s Minister responsible for EAC Affairs in the Office of the President; Hon. Musa Sirma, Kenya’s Minister of East African Community; Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, the Secretary General of the East African Community; the Judges of the EACJ; Chief Justices from the other Partner States; Members of the East African Legislative Assembly; Registrars from National Judiciaries; Heads of EAC Institutions; members of the civil society and the media.

 

Workshop recommendations/resolutions will be circulated in due course.

 

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East African Community (EAC)


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