The Parliament Appointments Committee chaired by the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has Friday approved the appointment of Kyaka County MP, Jackson Kafuuzi for the position of the Deputy Attorney General.
Kafuuzi was among the 9 new Ministers that were appointed by President Yoweri Museveni for different Ministerial positions but his approval was deferred by Parliament after the members on the Appointments committee questioned his qualification.
According to the Constitution, for a person to hold the position of Deputy Attorney, they must have practiced as an advocate of the High Court for at least seven years.
Reports had shown that Kafuuzi graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Makerere University in 2002 and obtained a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in 2003.
From that time, he has been in service as a Legal Officer and later as an Advocate at Rwakafuuzi & Co. Advocates, until 2016 when he joined Parliament.
It wass further reported that Kafuuzi last renewed his certificate of practice on April 22, 2015, slightly over three years after enrolling as an advocate on January 18, 2012 and ever since he joined Parliament, he had never renewed his practice.
However, sources within the Parliament Appointments Committee (closed committee) revealed that Kafuuzi appeared before the committee with documents from court indicating that he had practised as a lawyer for the last 13 years.
Nakaseke South MP, Paulson Lutamaguzzi Semakula, a member of the committee told journalists after the meeting that Kafuuzi appeared before the committee well composed with all documents backing his appointment.
“This time he came very organised, the other time he was shivering and didn’t answer well questions that were put to him. But today, before he entered the committee, we had already received documents from court and other two institutions backing him,” Lutamaguzi said
He noted that Parliament as well sought the legal opinion of the Counsel to the committee who also cleared him since he had practiced for 13 years.
“The committee members wondered what had happened to Kafuuzi yet he had all that it takes,” Lutamaguzi said.
Kafuuzi will succeed Mwesigwa Rukutana who has been Deputy Attorney General.
A total of nine new Ministers were appointed by the President in the recent reshuffle but only eight were sworn in on January 13, 2020 having been successfully approved by Parliament.
Those that were sworn in included; Rafael Magyezi (Local government), Judith Nabakooba (ICT), Beatrice Anywar (State Minister for Environment), Helen Adoa (State Minister for Fisheries), Robinah Nabanjja (State Minister for Health General Duties), Denis Obua (State Minister for Sports), Peter Ogwang (State Minister for ICT) and Molly Kamukama (State Minister for Economic Monitoring).