In this issue of the JIFA newsflash Carmel Rickard reports on a Kenya judgment considering constitutional limits on how to deal with corruption - said to be Kenya's Public Enemy Number One - have been taxing Nairobi judge, Byram Ongaya, after local activist Okiya Omtatah Okoiti challenged new moves to vet public servants.
TWO decisions form the highlight of the Jifa newsletter this week, one from Uganda and the other from Seychelles. Though they deal with very different facts, they are linked in that both show the judiciary wrestling with a difficult problem: what should be the relationship between judges and the body established to ensure their accountability and discipline? In Uganda the highest court ruled that judges must submit themselves to the discipline of this body; in the Seychelles the constitutional court said there was no need for a judge to be given a hearing before a dispute was referred to a tribunal.
On 31 July – 1 August , the JIFA team, consisting of Dame Linda Dobbs and Amy Sinclair, conducted legal researcher training for a group 11 students.
DGRU’s Justice Mavedzenge is challenging the constitutionality of not giving visually impaired voters the right to cast their vote in secret or by secret ballot in the upcoming Zimbabwe elections . Read more here....