Kyaka South Member of Parliament, Jackson Kafuuzi has said he remains optimistic that his appointment for the position of the Deputy Attorney General will stand and that he will be sworn-in.
Kafuuzi was responding to queries from reporters on Monday after he was left out of the swearing in of new Ministers which took place at State House Entebbe on Monday morning.
A total of nine new Ministers were appointed by the President in the recent reshuffle but only eight have been sworn in having been successfully approved by Parliament.
Those that were sworn in include; 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).
The Kyaka South legislator’s approval was deferred by Parliament after members of the Parliament Appointments Committee questioned his experience to handle the position of Deputy Attorney General to which he was appointed. The position is currently held by Mwesigwa Rukutana.
According to the Constitution, a person to hold the position of Deputy Attorney must have practiced as an advocate of the High Court for at least seven years.
Kafuuzi said that he couldn’t attend the swearing in after learning that Parliament is still verifying certain qualifications with the judiciary.
“I didn’t show up for the swearing in because I am meant to understand that the Office of the Speaker wrote to the Chief Register of Court to confirm my practice and I am not sure if Court has written back or not,” Kafuuzi said.
He added: “I know the Speaker has been out of the country, so I am sure my approval is pending, I am still waiting for the return of the Speaker and I will know the way forward.”
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.
He 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.