Who is new Principal Judge Flavian Zeija?

Saturday December 07 2019
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New blood. Justice Flavian Zeija

The new Principal Judge, Dr Flavian Zeija, can be summed up as an accomplished senior legal professional with far-reaching experience both at the Bar and Bench. He is also an academician and a consultant.

He was born on Feburary 18, 1969, making him 50 years old.
Since the retirement age of a principal judge is 65, it means the new appointee will be in office for the next 15 years.
Justice Zeija enrolled as an advocate of the High Court in 1998, meaning he has had a legal career of more than 21 years.
At the time of his appointment, the father of five was the resident judge of Mbarara High Court circuit, the largest circuit in the country.

He was appointed as a High Court judge in 2016.
Prior to his appointment at the Bench, Justice Zeija was into legal practice and teaching.
At the time of his appointment as a High Court judge about four years ago, he was a lawyer and managing partner with Zeija, Mukasa & Co advocates.
Between 2014 and 2016, he lectured at Uganda Christian University Mukono (UCU). He also taught at Makerere University Business School (Mubs) and also at Makerere University.
While at Mubs, he was appointed the pioneer head of the department of Business Law.

Between 2005 and February 2011, he joined Finca Uganda as legal counsel and later Finca Africa IT services centre, a subsidiaries of Finca International based in Washington, USA.
He also worked at Tropical Africa Bank as manager legal and recovery between 2002 and 2003.
Earlier in his legal career in 1998, he joined as a legal assistant with Kwesigabo, Bamwine & Walubiri Co. Advocates.
About his education background, the new principal judge has a rich CV, having obtained the highest level in education of obtaining a doctorate of laws (Phd) from Dar es Salaam University in Tanzania between 2008 and 2013. He specialised in law and governance during his research.

Prior to obtaining the Phd, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Laws (LLM) from Makerere University (1999-2002).
Between 2008 and 2012, he enrolled at ICSA, an institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators based in the UK.
He also has a second Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Uganda Martyrs University (2015-2018).
His first degree in Law, was obtained from Makerere University between 1993 and 1996, before joining the Law Development Center (LDC), where he obtained a postgraduate diploma in legal practice in 1997.
He is expected to officially take over office after the current office bearer, Dr Yorokamu Bamwine, retires on December 25, when he clocks 65 years of age.