The position of deputy Chief Justice was recently advertised by the Judicial Service Commission. The development is a confirmation that Justice Steven Kavuma’s Job as Deputy Chief Justice is all gone.
How will Justice Kavuma be remembered? Below we bring you some of the controversial court cases and controversies surrounding his career.
In January this year, Justice Steven Kavuma surprised many when he applied to the Judicial Service Commission seeking to rewind his age by four years.
This would enable him to beat the retirement cap of 70 years. He is currently 69 years old. Justice Kavuma was born on 29th September 1948.The official retirement age for judges is 70years.
Early this year, working with the Electoral Commission, some Ugandans went to Court and obtained an interim court order from Justice Kavuma banning anyone, including Parliament, from discussing the “Presidential Handshake” in which Six billion Uganda shillings was paid to government officials in URA, Ministry of Finance among others for winning a case against multinational Oil company. The order was in force until the case is heard in court.
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, later referred to it as “STUPID order’’ And indeed the court order was withdrawn.
On 2nd May 2016, Justice Steven Kavuma issued a court order banning Forum for Democratic Change prayer’s and the party’s demonstration which had been set for 5th May 2016.
The prayer’s and demos were part of the FDC’s defiance campaign towards President Museveni and his government, whom they accuse of ‘cheating’ the 2016 presidential elections.
Early 2000, Steven Kavuma while serving as State minister for Defence, he shocked many when he claimed on Light House TV, that Col. Jet Mwebaze and his friends were still alive. His claim was contrary to what was in the public domain confirming that Col. Jet Mwebaze had died after the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in Rwenzori mountains. Hours later, the government issued a statement confirming earlier claims that Col. Mwebaze and friends onboard had died in the plane crash.
Early this year, the Constitutional Court led by, Justice Elizabeth Musoke, Justice Fred Egonda Ntende and Justice Kenneth Kakuru declared all the interim orders previously issued by one judge null and void, saying they were made in contravention of Article 137 (2) of the Constitution. The article requires that applications for interim orders in the Constitutional Court be heard and decided by full quorum -a panel of five judges.
About Justice Kavuma
According to Wikipedia, Justice Kavuma was born in Central Uganda. He studied law at Makerere University, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He also holds the Diploma in Legal practice, obtained from the Law Development Centre.
In 2006, after losing parliamentary elections to Isa Kikungwe, Steven Kavuma was appointed High Court judge. Following the retirement of Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki, Justice Kavuma was appointed Acting Chief Justice, from April 2013 until 2015. Justice Bart Katureebe was later confirmed as Chief Justice in 2016, deputized by Justice Steven Kavuma.