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Ex-Chief Justice Banjamin Odoki must have been born with a sliver spoon in his mouth. We don’t know how else to explain the blessings the Almighty God has consistently showered him with since MP Gerald Karuhanga used court to thwart efforts to keep him around longer in the judiciary. On leaving the Judiciary, Odoki (who some had recommended to retain the Nakasero official residence in which he resided as CJ as a token of appreciation) got an expatriate job to serve in the very top echelons of the Malawian judiciary. It’s a consultancy deal from which the very brilliant judge earned very handsomely. Before he could even finish the Malawian assignment, Odoki was again head-hunted for an even more lucrative consultancy deal on the strong recommendation of his old friend President Yoweri Museveni who has always wished the best for him. The two got to know each other many years while studying in Dar es Salaam University in Tanzania. The latest scoop for Odoki relates to the East African Community (EAC). He will be heading a team of legal consultants that were recently contracted to write a draft constitution for the EAC bloc as part of the process to prepare for the East African Political Federation for which President Museveni has been very outspoken. “He never lobbied anywhere. Instead he was contacted by the EAC Secretariat and the offer was too generous to be resisted. It’s something that will keep him busy and engaged initially for three years subject to extension. He will be earning in dollars since this is a project with lots of donor support,” sources said of Odoki whose commercial farming activities in Mbalala along Jinja road (near Seeta High 2nd campus) were generously supported by the government of Uganda at the prompting of President Museveni who has never forgiven Gerald Karuhanga for the very disgraceful manner in which Odoki was herded out of the Ugandan judiciary job.

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