Legislators have called upon the government to operationalize Article 129 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, which mandates the government to establish Khadi’s Courts and enabling law.
In a Plenary sitting on Monday 3rd, May 2021 chaired by the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, the Deputy Attorney General, Jackson Kafuuzi presented a statement on the delay in the establishment of Khadi’s Courts and an enabling law envisaged under article 129 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.
Article 129 provides that, ‘judicial powers shall be exercised by Courts of Judicature which include Khadi’s Courts for marriage, divorce, inheritance of property and guardianship’.
Kafuuzi confirmed that there is a bill on Khadi’s courts that government would present soon after it’s done with consultations. He confirmed government commitment towards the establishment of Khadi’s Courts.
The Deputy Attorney General equally noted that the government was still consulting on the Marriage and Divorce Bill, which would equally be tabled soon after the consultation is done.
Nakaseke North MP, Syda Bbumba denied any knowledge about consultation with stakeholders as alleged by the Minister. She observed that the Muslim leadership in Uganda had not been consulted.
“Nobody has consulted the Uganda Supreme Council in Old Kampala, Kibuli or Nakasero; it has taken 12 years for the government to do anything about this issue,” she said.
Latif Sebaggala, Kawempe North MP, expressed his displeasure with the failure by the government to establish Khadi’s Courts and an enabling law envisaged under article 129 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda.
“The Muhammadan law comprehensively covers all these acts and crafts them as forms of worship. There is a particular way things need to be done and that can only be met by these courts,” said Sebaggala.
The Speaker demanded to know from the Deputy Attorney General whether there was a specific time frame of when the said consultations would end?
In response, the Deputy Attorney General noted that there was no set time frame and since the Cabinet was having its last sitting on the 3rd of May 2021 it was not possible to have the deadlines.
The Speaker urged the Deputy Attorney General to include this matter as pending as he hands over to the next Deputy Attorney General in the coming government.