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Owinyi-Dollo appointed Deputy Chief Justice

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President Yoweri Museveni has named Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo of the Court of Appeal as the new Deputy Chief Justice, replacing Justice Steven Kavuma.

The President also named Justice Richard Buteera and Justice Paul Magamba, also of the Court of Appeal, for evaluation to the Supreme Court, according to reliable sources in the Judiciary.

Sources said the names of Owiny-Dollo, Buteera and Mugamba were forwarded to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, for vetting, before appointment.

Justice Kavuma is due to retire in Semptember when he turns 70, the retirement age for justices of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

The Judicial Service Commission has been interviewing the prospective candidates, over the past few months, to find suitable candidates for appointment as Deputy Chief Justice and justices of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. The Commission, headed by Justice Benjamin Kabiito, is mandated to advise the President on appointment of judicial officers.

According to media reports, several judges had been shortlisted for the post of Deputy Chief Justice. They reportedly included Lady Justices Solomy Balungi Bossa, Hellen Abulu Obura, Esther Mayambala Kisaakye, and Stella Arach Amoko. Others were Justice Lilian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, the Inspector General of Government Irene Mulyagonja, Justice Egonda-Ntende, who was a Chief Justice of the Republic of Seychelles, from 2009 and Justice Owiny-Dollo.

Justice Owiny-Dollo distinguished himself as a tough judge, when he presided over the trial of the terror suspects, convicting seven of them in May last year. At the time, Owiny-Dollo was serving on the International Crimes Division of High Court, before being elevated to the Court of Appeal. He also served as minister before joining the Judiciary.

Buteera served as the Director of Public Prosecutions before he was appointed to the Court of Appeal.


Justice Paul Mugamba was the head of the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo, Kampala.


SOURCE: The New Vision | Published: August 24, 2017