Both Byabashaija and Mwanje appeared before the committee chaired by the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga today for vetting. But sources from the closed-door meeting rejected their appointment on grounds that the two, have already clocked 60, the mandatory retirement age of public servants.
Before he could be entertained by the vetting committee, sources privy to the proceedings indicated that the legislators were debating whether to interface with the officials or just dismiss them.
In an interview thereafter, Byabashaija who has served as commissioner general for 15 years said that old age could not stop his service. He said that although he is aged 62, the law does not apply to him in the circumstances because he is serving on a contract basis of three years. Byabasaija had retired from public service in 2005.
Article 217 of the Constitution that operationalizes the Prisons Act, 2006 is silent about the age of requirement.