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EAC Constitutional Experts Interface with Judiciary Chiefs

According to Buteera, once there is a regional court of appeal people will be able to access such courts in case they are not satisfied with the decision of the national courts.
Former Chief Justice Benjamim Odoki together with the Deputy Chief Justice Buteera as the Judiciary Spokesperson Jamson Karemani looks on.

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The East African Community Confederation of Constitutional experts led by former Ugandan  Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki has today interfaced with the Judiciary of Uganda soliciting their views on what they want considered in the regional constitution.

  The Confederation put in place in 2018 is currently moving within the region to get people's views before they draft the Constitution for the East African member states and once that draft is done, it will be submitted in form of a bill to the Heads of States for approval.

  But while in consultation meeting held at Judiciary headquarters in Kampala, the Acting  Chief Justice Richard Buteera proposed a number of issues including the need to put in place the regional court of appeal to improve on access to justice.

According to Buteera, once there is a regional court of appeal people will be able to access such courts in case they are not satisfied with the decision of the local courts. 

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  But Odoki says that the courts will have to be strengthened further so as to promote integration in terms of rule of law of integration.

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    At the same meeting, Supreme Court Justice Mike Chibita pointed out that if the regional Constitution is to be effective, there must be harmonization of the laws from all the member states for uniformity purposes.

  For instance, Chibita said that in some East African countries like Uganda, there is still a death penalty for cases like defilement while others have since outlawed the death penalty.

  He insists that the penal codes of the various countries have to be harmonized for purposes of uniformity.

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  The meeting that had experts including the former Attorney General of Kenya Amos Wako also discussed law as an enabler of free movement of political asylum seekers because at the moment, someone may flee a country for their life and end up being surrendered by another country for prosecution.

  But Chibita who was one of the Justices representing the Judiciary while responding to the issue of political asylum noted that if for instance there is a warrant of arrest against someone, there are procedures they can always fulfill like signing extradition treaties.

     The confederation  of Constitutional Experts has that has so far traversed several places including Mbale, Mbarara, Kabale , Arua , Gulu among others, seeking views, and  will tomorrow be going to Entebbe to also interact with the locals  over the same.

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