Lawyers in the constitutional petition challenging the re-appointment of Benjamin Odoki as Chief Justice on Monday met to narrow down the contentious issues in the case.
The narrowing down of issues (legally referred to as scheduling conference), was aimed at easing the flow of arguments during the full hearing which will be at a date yet to be announced.
This high profile matter came up for its first reading in court ever since it was filed in July. The court was presided over by a single justice of the Constitutional Court Geoffrey Kiryabwire.
Western Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga who is challenging the re-appointment of Justice Odoki was represented in court by Prof George Wilson Kanyeihamba, Emmanuel Orono and Nicholas Opio, while Principal State Attorney Kodoli Wanyama represented attorney general (Peter Nyombi ) who is the sole respondent in this matter.
During the one hour conferencing, both parties agreed to frame one question that would be forwarded for interpretation before a full panel of five justices at a later stage.
The question for interpretation was framed as; ‘whether the decision of the President in re-appointing retired Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki as Chief Justice without advice of the Judicial Service Commission is unconstitutional’.
The lawyers further agreed to narrow down the remedies of the petition from nine to one.
The only remedy that remained to be declared during the full hearing was that the re-appointment of Odoki be declared null and void.
Lawyers of the petitioner also agreed that they would rely on several list of authorities including the July 9th letter authored by President Museveni that communicated the re-appointment of Justice Odoki as Chief Justice for the next two years.
Court adjourned the narrowing down of the issues (conferencing) to Monday next week for the final touches and thereafter fix a hearing date before a full panel of five justices.
MP Karuhanga who did not attend the session is challenging the action of President Museveni in re-appointing retired Justice Odoki as Chief Justice saying his reappointment contravenes several articles of the constitution.