President Museveni swears in six new judges

Tuesday 29th April 2014

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has this morning officiated at the swearing in of six newly appointed judges of the High Court and Industrial Court, at State House Entebbe before moving to the countryside for other duties. 

The President urged the judges and judiciary at large to eliminate corruption from the judicial service. 

The swearing in ceremony was conducted by the Chief registrar, Mr. Paul Gadenya. 

The new judges are: The Chief Judge of the Industrial Court Asaph Ruhinda Ntengye, Justice Margaret Mutonyi of the High Court, Justice David Matovu of the High Court, Justice Patricia Basaaza Waswa of the High Court, Justice Jessica Naiga Ayebare and Justice Linda Lillian Tumusime Migisha of the Industrial Court. 

"The Judicial service should be well remunerated and they should ensure that Ugandans, are satisfied with judicial service," President said.

He noted that there have been several complaints from Wanainchi over poor people's cases not attended to.

He said that some people reported to him that “Omwavu tawoza”. 

He called on the judges to redeem the people.

He revealed that plans are underway to amend the constitution and enact a law banning bail for capital offences such as murder, rape, defilement and treason. 

He was sad to note that a number of Judges in the country have failed to use their discretion at the time of granting bail.

He criticized judicial officers who release such people on bail. 

President Museveni said that delay of commercial cases can undermine the economy.

He tasked the Judges to serve the people without compromise, congratulated them upon their appointments and wished them success in ensuring justice.

The acting Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma thanked president Museveni for appointing the New judges.

He called on them to observe the highest ethical standards of Court.

He saluted the President for his decision to improve the terms of service and remunerations of judges.

The ceremony was attended among others by the Deputy Attorney General Fred Ruhindi and the Head of Public of Public Service John Mitala.

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