The Appointments Committee of Parliament has finally cleared Kyaka South Member of Parliament Jackson Kafuuzi Karugaba to take on the position of deputy Attorney General.
While his colleagues were cleared and even sworn in, Kafuuzi’s approval was deferred after the appointments committee questioned his experience as an advocate of the High Court.
Kafuuzi has maintained that he has an experience spanning 13 years and challenged the argument that the absence of an advocates certificate, presented a lacuna in his competency.
Kafuuzi is said to have last renewed his practising certificate as an advocate for the High court in 2015.
In an interview with Uganda Radio Network [URN], Kafuuzi said one does not need a practising certificate unless they are going to court.
“If I am going to do research, if I am going to draft pleadings, if I am going to do law reporting, if I am going to negotiate contracts, if I am going to sit on the legal and Parliamentary affairs committee, I do not need a practicing certificate,” Kafuuzi told URN.
High Court, where the Speaker of Parliament had sought an opinion and Parliament’s legal counsel, cleared Kafuuzi.
According to Members of the Appointments Committee, Kafuuzi provided several other documents to support his work experience and was more composed and answered questions ably.
Kafuuzi told journalists that he managed to convince the committee about his experience, and that he specifically cleared the air on the issues of the practicing certificates, adding that the court has already confirmed that he is an advocate with practicing experience.
“Technically speaking, certificates are not a prerequisite.… For some areas, practicing certificates are not required but it’s important for the committee to inquire into those areas because you’re going to be an Attorney General who is required to practice,” he said.
Kafuuzi was appointed during President Museveni’s latest cabinet reshuffle, announced in December 2019, to take on a position hitherto occupied by Rushenyi County Mwesigwa Rukutana.