The Supreme Court justice, Dr. Esther Kitimbo Kisaakye, has retired from the judiciary seven years early.
Details of her early retirement are communicated in a letter written to President Yoweri Museveni on July 18. According to the letter, Kisaakye says that Museveni appointed her to serve as a justice of the Supreme Court on October 12, 2009, and by the time she wrote this letter, she had served in the Supreme Court for 13 years and ten months.
The letter is copied to the chief justice, chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission, permanent secretary/secretary to the judiciary, her alternative contact person, David Musoke, and lawyer Peter Walubiri from KBW Advocates. According to multiple sources who feared being named over the sensitivity of this issue, they believe Kisaakye has retired herself early because she is frustrated by the judiciary’s top management. Supreme Court justices in Uganda usually retire after clocking 70 years.
“Article 144 (1) of the Constitution of Uganda permits a judicial officer to retire at any time after attaining the age of sixty years. I am now 63 years old. In accordance with the said article, I hereby tender my early retirement from the Supreme Court,” reads the letter.
Adding: “I thank you and the people of Uganda for having given me the opportunity to serve my country as a justice of the Supreme Court.”
In 2022, in a rare circumstance, Kisaakye sued top administrators of the judiciary, including the chief justice Owiny-Dollo, permanent secretary Pius Bigirimana, chief registrar Sarah Langa, commissioner of human resources Apophia Tumwine, and the Judicial Service Commission.
Kisaakye sued the said people together with the attorney general in the Constitutional Court, seeking 24 orders among dozens of other declarations so that a record showing that she has been away without official leave be quashed, she be assigned duties, and she be reinstated as the administrative head of the Supreme Court.
In her petition, Kisaakye said that effective March 18, 2021, from the presidential election petition filed by Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu against President Museveni, the respondents jointly engaged in acts that are inconsistent with the constitution. READ MORE
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