Called to the bench: here are the candidates

Wednesday May 15 2013

By Ephraim Kasozi and Juliet Kigongo

Justice Amos Twinomujuni
He is a Justice of the Court of Appeal, which serves as the Constitutional Court. He formerly worked as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) before being appointed the Director of Law Development Centre (LDC) at Makerere. It was from the same position that Justice Twinomujuni was appointed a judicial officer.

Kenneth Kakuru
He is an advocate and an environmental rights expert with vast experience in Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which he pioneered in Uganda.
He is a Director at Greenwatch, an environmental rights advocacy NGO and a senior partner with Kakuru & Co. Advocates.
Mr Kakuru is a member of a number of many professional organisations including the International Bar Association, the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, the East African Law Society and the Uganda Law Society.
He holds a Masters’ Degree in Educational Policy Planning and Management from Kyambogo University and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, where he is an external examiner.

Justice Solomy Balungi Bossa
She rejoins the Ugandan judicial system from Arusha, Tanzania where she was seconded to the International Tribunal for Rwanda trying genocide suspects. She joined the Tribunal in September 2003 as ad litem Judge in Trial Chamber II.
Prior to her appointment as Judge of the UNICTR, she served as Judge of the East African Court of Justice (2001-2006), and as Judge of the High Court of Uganda (1997 to date).
She is a member of a number of international and regional, human rights bodies, including the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute, the International Commission of Jurists, the International Association of Women Judges, the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights and the East African Law Society.

Duncan Gaswaga
He is a Judge of the Supreme Court in Seychelles. He was elevated to the post from a senior magistrate in 2006. He left Uganda at the level of grade one magistrate and has worked as an expatriate in the Seychelles Judiciary as a roving magistrate and senior magistrate in charge of the Rent Board Tribunal, Juvenile Court and head of all magistrates.

Lydia Mugambe,
She has been a senior magistrate for a long time.

Elizabeth Kibula Kabanda
She is a registrar of the High Court. She also served as a magistrate and chief magistrate before being elevated to the current post of registrar.

David Batema
He is a graduate of Makerere University and currently serving as the registrar of the High Court. Before being promoted to the level of High Court Registrar, Mr Batema was chief magistrate in the courts of judicature.

Justice Opio Aweri
He is a High Court Judge attached to the Land Division of the High Court. He formerly worked as Chief Magistrate at Mengo before he was appointed a judge.

Godfrey Namundi,
He is a registrar of the High Court of Uganda.

Eva Luswata Kawuma
She is partner and lawyer with Kakooza & Kawuma Advocates as well as member of the Law Council who is specialised in family, land, labour, law, mediation and human rights

David Batema
He is a graduate of Makerere University and currently serving as the registrar of the High Court. Before being promoted to the level of High Court Registrar, Mr Batema was chief magistrate in the courts of judicature.

Michael Elubu
He is a member of the technical Committee of the Judicial Service Commission.

Vincent Okwanga
He is a Senior State Attorney in the Attorney General’s Chambers, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

John Eudes Keitirima
He is a registrar of the Civil Division of the High Court. If appointed, Mr Keitirima will be the youngest judge in the High Court of Uganda. He joined the judiciary as a magistrate before being promoted the registrar.

Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire
He is the Head of the Commercial Division of the High Court. Justice Kiryabwire is chairperson of the Appeals Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco). The Board advises the Director-General on appeals brought by staff members against his decisions.
Justice Kiryabwire is graduate of University of London with a Masters of Laws. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Centre and a Bachelor of Laws Makerere University.
He is an advocate of the High Court of Uganda enrolled since 1987, a Commissioner of Oaths, a Fellow of the Uganda Arbitration Association and an Associate of the Uganda Insurance Institute.

Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa
She is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, in charge of Academic Affairs. She is an Associate Professor of Law holding a PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, a Masters’ Degree of Law specialising in Commercial Law from Bristol (U.K) and a Bachelors’ Degree in Law from Makerere University.
Prof. Tibatemwa is also an advocate in the Courts of Judicature and is a pioneer in several academic endeavours.
She was the first Ugandan woman to qualify for a PhD in Law and the first woman to be promoted to the level of an Associate Professorship of Law at Makerere University.
The university don was the first female Deputy Dean of Makerere’s Faculty of Law and was the first woman to become Deputy Vice Chancellor at Makerere University.

Justice Egonda Ntende
He has been the Chief Justice of Seychelles since August 2009 to date and was sworn in at the State House in the capital city, Victoria.
Prior to the position, Justice Ntende served as Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda. He was also involved in the setting up of an independent judiciary in East Timor, where he served as a judge of the Court of Appeal.
He lectured Law at Makerere University and was the chairperson of the Law Reporting Committee of the Judiciary in Uganda. He also has extensive experience in dealing with matters of drug trafficking while working as a judge in the United Nations Mission in Kosovo.

Justice Eldard Mwangusya
He is the Head of the Civil Division of the High Court. Justice Mwangusya formerly worked as State Attorney in the Ministry of Justice where he rose through the ranks to the level of Senior Principal State attorney until he was appointed a judge of the High Court.

Margaret Tibulya
She is a Registrar of the High Court. Before being promoted to the rank of the registrar, Ms Tibulya who completed the law school at Makerere in the 1980s, was Chief Magistrate before her promotion.

Richard Butera
He has been the Director of Public Prosecutions since 1995. Before his appointment as DPP, Mr Buteera worked as Chief Registrar of the Courts of Judicature. He studied from Makerere University and University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. He also served as Grade One Magistrate in the 1980s, then chief magistrate in the 1990s in the courts of Judicature.

Elizabeth Jane Alividza
She completed law school at Makerere in the 1980s and she has been a registrar. Ms Alividza served as magistrate and chief magistrate.

Damalie Nantudde Lwanga
She is the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Ms Lwanga has worked at the directorate where she rose through various ranks.

Alexandra Rugadya Nkonge,
He is the head of department/Commissioner for Law Revision at the Uganda Law Reform Commission. He is lawyer and an advocate with specialised training in the legislative drafting.
He joined the Commission in 2002 the Electoral Commission where he worked as the head of the Legal and Public Relations department. He worked as a researcher collecting views from citizens during the Constitution making exercise. He was thereafter appointed to the Technical Committee that drafted the current Constitution.

Henrietta Wolayo,
She studied Law at Makerere University and did post graduate studies in Women’s Law, University of Zimbabwe. She is one of the long serving registrars at the Judiciary.

Lady Justice Mary Stella Arach-Amoko
She is the Deputy Principal Judge of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ). Justice Amoko formerly headed the Commercial Division of the High Court before being appointed to the Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court where she has been serving for the last five years. She formerly worked as a State Attorney in the Attorney General’s Chambers.

Justice Faith Mwondha
She is the resident judge of the Nakawa High Court Central Circuit. She served as a delegate of the Constituent Assembly that formulated the 1995 Constitution.
Before that Mwondha served as Chief Magistrate of Jinja before she was appointed to the High Court.
She also worked as the Inspector General of Government (IGG) before returning to the judiciary.

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