President Museveni appoints new judges
President Museveni appoints new judges in the Court of Appeal and High Court. Photo/Agency

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni appoints new judges in the Court of Appeal and High Court Judges in Kampala

President Museveni appoints new judges in the Court of Appeal and High Court in Kampala. H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as per the powers vested in him by the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and following the Judicial Service Commission guidance.

The fifteen names released in a circular on Friday evening 4th of October were then forwarded to Parliament for approval.

“In exercise of the powers vested in the President by the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and basing on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission, I appoint the listed below as justices of the Court of Appeal and Judges of the High Court,” President’s message reads in part.

The Inspectorate of Government, Irene Mulyagonja was appointed the Court of Appeal Justice.

Early this year, Mulyagonja was among the 25 applicants who applied to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) after they advertised positions at the High Court and Court of Appeal that need occupants.

Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is a governing body responsible for recruiting and disciplining Judicial Officers in Uganda.

Before her new appointment, Mulyagonja has been in a cold war with the State House Anti-Corruption Unit boss, Edith Nakalema whom many thoughts were appointed by the President to take over Mulyagonja’s work.

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Accordingly, Mulyagonja was classified as someone good at laying down strategies but breaks when it comes to implementation.

Mulyagonja worked as a High Court Judge of Uganda, assigned to Jinja Circuit in 2008 but later, she was re-assigned to the Commercial Division of the High Court, as the Deputy Head of the Division.

And in 2012, she was appointed the Inspector General of Government.

Aged 56 years old, Mulyagonja was born in Jinja, studied at Makerere University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Law and later attained a Diploma in legal practise from Law Development Centre (LDC) in Uganda.

Jane Kajuga Okuo was appointed the High Court Judge, who has been serving as the Directorate of Public Prosecution spokesperson.

Okuo in 2013, successfully argued a case in which Jackie Uwera Nsenga, a business woman was convicted and sentenced to 20 years’ jail term for murdering Juvenala Nsenga her husband.

She was the lead prosecutor together with Justice Susan Okalany and it was from there that she attained fame.

Also in the circular, Susan Abinyo was appointed the High Court Judge. But before, she served as a Grade One Magistrate and a Chief Magistrate at Mwanga II Road Court in Mengo, between 2014 and 2015.

The Commercial Law graduate at Makerere University has been serving as the Deputy Registrar after her appointment in January 2016.

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Another High Court Judge appointed was Vincent Emmy Mugabo who has been serving as the Judiciary spokesperson since 2017 until her new appointment as a High Court Judge.

Mugabo in 2011, was recognised for his excellent performance as Chief Magistrate Buganda Road Court in the annual Nation Wide Field Visits, by the justice, Law and Order Section Integrity Committee.

In 2012, Mugabo piloted small claims and earned the Judiciary the 2013 Public Sector Innovations Award from the Ministry of Public Service, in recognition of their contribution towards improving service delivery in Uganda, at the time he served as the Chief Magistrate at Mengo Chief Magistrate Court.

Other individuals appointed as judges of the High Court include; Immaculate Busingye, Isaac Muwata, Jesse Byaruhanga Rugyema, Isam Sserunkuma and Jeanne Rwakakoko.

While individuals appointed as Justices to serve in the Court of Appeal are Monica Mugenyi Kalegira who has been serving at the East African Court of Justice in Tanzania as the Principle Judge and Kibedi Muzamiru Mutangula.