Who are the new High Court judges?
Posted Monday, February 24 2014 at 09:50
Profiles. Following the recent appointment of six High Court judges by President Museveni, the judges, here profiled by Daily Monitor’s Anthony Wesaka are to appear before the Appointments Committee of Parliament this morning for vetting as mandated by the Constitution.
Margaret mutonyi, 50
She is the designated the High Court Judge. Born in 1964 in Mbale District, Ms Mutonyi was at the time of her appointment, the Inspector of Courts/Acting High Court Registrar.
Ms Mutonyi, a mother of four, completed her primary education in 1977 from Nyondo Demonstration School in Mbale District.
She then joined Bubulo Girls and Tororo Girls School for her O and A-levels respectively.
Between 1984 and 1987, she pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Laws from Makerere University and later went to LDC.
She began her career as lawyer in private legal practice from Mbale in 1989 until 1995. She was also the legal officer for the defunct Cooperative Bank.
In 1995, she worked as Grade One Magistrate in Jinja and was thereafter transferred to Masindi. In 1999, she was elevated to the position of Chief Magistrate and worked at Tororo, Nakawa, Mengo and Iganga courts 10 years.
In 2009, she was again elevated to the position of Deputy Registrar of the Courts of Judicature and worked at Masindi High Court and Family Division of the High Court. In May 2013, she was appointed the Acting Registrar/ Inspector of Courts, a position she held until her appointment as High Court Judge.
Ms Mutonyi has also done courses in Human Rights and Refugees Law from Makerere University and International Human Rights law, Basic Skills Management from Carl Bro International, Copenhagen, Denmark.
She also acquired a Diploma in Law and Justice, Democracy, from Copenhagen, Denmark in 1996.
Ms Mutonyi, a born again Christian, is the in-charge of Prison and Women Ministries Jubilee Christian Life Church, Bweyogerere. She also writes books.
Jessica Ayebazibwe, 49
The designated High Court Judge was born in 1965. Ms Ayebazibwe was at the time of her appointment a judge of the High Court and the legal officer of National Environment Management Authority since 2007.
The mother of three began her legal career in 1992 as a legal assistant with Bazire D’bango and Co. Advocates. In that same year, she joined Uganda Revenue Authority and worked as the revenue officer for about 10 years. Thereafter, she was the chairperson of the Southwestern Uganda covering the districts of Mbarara, Bushenyi and Ntungamo.
At the same period, she also taught Commercial and Administrative law at Mbarara University of Science and Technology.
She is a graduate of law from Makerere University and also holds a post graduate diploma in legal practice from LDC.