President names new Judges


KAMPALA -- President Yoweri Museveni has named 28 new judges to fill vacant positions in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court.The appointments are subject to parliamentary approval and the names have been forwarded to the Speaker of Parliament for vetting.The appointments to the Court of Appeal include the Director of Public Prosecutions, Richard Butera, Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa (Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of academics at Makerere University) and Kenneth Kakuru, a human rights lawyer.

Court of Appeal Justices Amos Twinomujuni and Arach Amoko have been appointed justices of the Supreme Court. Justice Egonda Ntende has bounced back as justice of the Court of Appeal after serving as Chief Justice of the Republic of Seychelles since 2009. Also appointed to the Court of Appeal is Justice Solomy Bbosa who has just returned from Arusha, Tanzania where she was seconded to serve on the International Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) trying Rwandan genocide suspects.

Others promoted to the Court of Appeal are Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire (current head of the commercial court division), Justice Opio Aweri, Justice Faith Mwondha and Justice Eldard Mwangusya. They have been serving as High Court judges.

The President named several lawyers and court registrars to the High Court. They include Henry Peter Adonyo (Alternate Chair of the JLOS Steering Committee and Ag. Chief Registrar of the High Court), Margaret Tibulya, Elizabeth Jane Alividza, Godfrey Namundi, Henrietta Wolayo, John Eudes Keitirima, and David Batema.

Others are Damalie Nantudde Lwanga Kaweesa, Isabirye, Elizabeth Kibula Kabanda, Damalie Nantudde Lwanga, Lydia Mugambe, Duncan Gaswaga, Vincent Okwanga, Alexandra Rugadya Nkonge, Dr. Winfred Nabisinde, Eva Luswata Kawuma and Michael Elubu (Registrar in the Judicial Service Commission and Chairperson of the JLOS Publicity Committee).

The Judiciary and the Justice, Law and Order Sector at large has been grappling with the problem of case backlog which is largely attributed to shortage of judges. The appointment of new these judicial officers to the bench is therefore a step in the right direction in eliminating the problem of case backlog in the sector.

By Edgar Kuhimbisa | Published: May 13 2013


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