KAMPALA – Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi has pledged to continue working towards a “people centered institution” in his new role as the Attorney General. This was during the handover ceremony of the office of the Attorney General held this morning at the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. His Excellency the President appointed Hon. Ruhindi the new Attorney General replacing Hon. Peter Nyombi during a cabinet reshuffle on March 1 2015.
Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi joined the Ministry of Justice in 1991 as a State Attorney and from June 2006 and February 2015 served as the Minister of State for Justice and Constitutional Affairs and the Deputy Attorney General. During this period (as deputy AG), he served under two Attorney’s General – Hon. Prof. Kiddhu Makubuya and Hon. Peter Nyombi.
During the handover ceremony witnessed by the Solicitor General, Mr. Francis Atoke and various heads of directorates and departments and other ministry staff, Hon. Ruhindi paid a warm and glowing tribute to outgoing AG Hon. Peter Nyombi. He recounted the earlier days when Hon. Nyombi worked in the First Parliamentary Counsel and referred to him as a source of inspiration. “He inspired us as young people…tall, elegant and smart..”, Hon. Ruhindi said of Hon. Peter Nyombi. He also went on to thank Hon. Nyombi for the comprehensive handover report which he said would guide him and the entire ministry in his new work as Attorney General.
Hon. Nyombi in his remarks thanked God for the opportunity of working as Attorney General for the last four years (since 2011) and thanked Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi, Hon. Kahinda Otafiire (Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs) and Mr. Francis Atoke (Solicitor General) for the cooperation accorded during his term. He highlighted of areas and issues that are being handled by the Attorney General’s Chambers which include: Government handover of land titles to the different kingdoms, Amuru Sugar Factory, the Sango Bay Project, ongoing arbitration cases in London between Tullow Oil and Government of Uganda as well as issues relating to constitutional amendments. The details are contained in a report handed over to Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi.