Twenty nine new Grade One magistrates were on Friday sworn-in and immediately posted to their workstations across the country. Another 17 judicial officers, among them registrars, have separately been transferred to cover gaps upcountry.
This latest recruitment is the largest single for Grade One magistrates in many years, and brings their number countrywide to 163, far less than the required 336 for the 112 districts.
While officiating at the swearing-in function that was held at the High Court in Kampala, acting Chief Justice Steven Kavuma called upon the new magistrates to be “servants, but not masters” to those seeking justice.
“Article 126 of the Constitution says that judicial power is derived from the people. You are then the servants of the people you. Always remember that the people are your masters and don’t underestimate them while you perform your duties,” he said.
The new judicial officials must keep professional and ethical in execution of their duties, the acting head of the Judiciary said, and warned them against putting justice up for sale to the highest bidders.
Principle Judge Yorokamu Bamwine cautioned the new magistrates to stick to the oaths they took to act professionally at their work.
Chief Registrar Paul Gadenya Wolimbwa, who is responsible for the supervision and administration of the new entrants, urged them to always consult their seniors in the judicial profession whenever in doubt or confronted with an ethical matter.
Judiciary spokesman Erias Kisawuzi said the transfers were aimed to re-distribute manpower in all 112 districts in the country
Transfer of registrars Old Station New Station
Cissy Mudhasi Deputy Registrar Criminal Division Supreme Court
Gladys Kisekka Nakibule Deputy Registrar Nakawa High Court Masaka High Court
Anguandia G Opifeni Deputy Registrar Supreme Court High Court, Land Division
Julia Acio Ass Registrar Masaka High Court Criminal Division
Transfer of Chief Magistrates Old station New station
Flavia Nassuna Matovu Luwero Nakawa as Chief Magistrate
Sylvia Nabaggala Chief Magistrate Nakawa Luweero
Grade One Magistrates
Wilson Wandera G1 Kumi Mubende
Susanne Okeny Obwoch G1 Mukono Anti Corruption Court
Michael Lagara G1 Anti Corruption Court Kumi
Zulaika Nanteza G1Mbale Fort portal
Irene Akello G1 Kitgum Rakai
Catherine Agwero G1 Bugiri Mbale
John Patrick Wekesa G1 Nakawa Bugiri
Winfred Naigaga Kyobika G1 Kabale Namayingo
Nabende Mushebebe G1 Bushenyi City Hall
Samuel Twakyire G1 Buwama Mpigi to handle land cases
Emmanuel Baguma G1 Mwanga II Nakawa
New Grade One Magistrates Station
Ezra Morris Oburu Mwanga II
Paul Owino Abdonson Gulu
Daniel Rusathiro Bwambale Mbarara
Martins Kirya Kabale
Wilberforce Egessa Masaaka Jinja
Jacqueline Kagoya Mpigi
Christine Nantege Nakawa
Sanyu Mukasa Buganda Road
Tadeo Muinda Masaka
Irene Nambatya Mengo
Jalia Basajjabalaba Mityana
Stella Okwong Paculal Arua
Julian Kimono Entebee
Marion Nisiima Jinja
Kaibei Cherotich Tororo
Rophine Achayo Lira
Rehema Nassozi Sebowa Soroti
Alice Molly Adong Mbale
Timothy Lumunye Nakawa
Esther Nyadoi Kabale
Paul Mujuni Bushenyi
Michael Bbosa Fort Portal
Isaac Rukundo Kitgum
Allan Mpirwe Gakyaro Jinja
Ronald Nsobya Kamya Rukungiri
Jane Tibagonzeka Lugazi
Abrahams Moding Achok Mukono
Faishal Mbale Ngamije Soroti
Pamela Bomukama Muhwezi Mukono