With president Museveni’s assent to the Administration of the Judiciary Bill, retired Chief Justice Bart Katureebe will smile all the way to the bank as he says “goodbye” to public service and retreats to retirement and private businesses.
The Administration of the Judiciary Act, according to sources in the arm of government, will operationalize articles in the Constitution that deal with the Judiciary as an independent arm of government, and create guidelines and reference for a legal and justice system by spelling out jurisdiction divisions, conditions for trials, sentencing and court fees.
Assenting to the Bill on the same day that the Chief Justice retired, Museveni approved Parliament’s proposal for a continued monthly payment of salary to a retired Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice. CJ Katureebe has been earning Shs 20.6M, while his deputy Alfonse Owiny Dollo earns Shs 19.5M monthly.
A fully compiled benefits list that the former Chief Justice will enjoy are enlisted herein;
- A monthly retirement benefit equivalent to the salary payable to a
sitting Chief Justice. The retirement benefit shall be paid to the retired
Chief Justice for life.
- A one-off lump sum retirement benefit equivalent to 2.4% of the
annual salary of the retiring Chief Justice multiplied by five and the
years of service.
- A furnished house or a one-off payment of Shs 400M payable in lieu of a house.
- An annual medical allowance equivalent to the medical allowance
payable to a sitting Chief Justice.
- A chauffeur driven car or a one-off payment of Shs 200M in lieu of a car.
- Security provided by the State or an allowance of Shs 15M per year payable in lieu of security.
- Two domestic servants or payment of Shs 300,000 per
month payable in lieu of two domestic servants.
- A fuel and vehicle repairs allowance of Shs 2M per month.
- A consolidated allowance of Shs 235,000 per month to cater for airtime and internet.