KAMPALA – Mr Jackson Kafuuzi, the designate Deputy Attorney General, has said he is waiting for the Speaker of Parliament to determine his fate.
Mr Kafuuzi was conspicuously absent on Monday, January 13, 2020, as newly appointed ministers took oath at State House Entebbe. Mr Kafuuzi, who is the MP for Kyaka South in Kyegegwa District, had been unsuccessfully vetted by Parliament’s Appointments Committee that queried his ability to take over the Deputy Attorney General job.
But on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, the legislator said he has all the legal requirements for the job.
“When I appeared before the vetting committee, I knew that a Deputy Attorney General must have experienced advocate practice of seven years. My confirmation or non-confirmation still waits for the return of the Speaker of Parliament who is out of the country,” he said.
“I have heard all kinds of rumours, but I do not want to point a finger because everyone is doing this under a legal process. In any case, I have not stepped on any one’s toes. I am a simple man who is eager to serve the nation. I have not yet received any formal communication from the Appointments Committee telling me I do not have that position. I have all the legal requirements,” Kafuuzi said.
“Unless they have some other reason which I do not believe they do, they will review me. I am not frustrated by this. However, I am disappointed but there is a legal process that must take place. Let us wait for the Speaker’s return and see how the matter shall be handled,” he added.
Mr Kafuuzi failed to prove to the vetting committee that he has seven years of experience as an advocate of the High Court. He last renewed his practising certificate as an advocate for the High court in 2015.
Mr 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.