Museveni Appoints New Supreme Court Judges Top story

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Those appointed to the Supreme Court include; Justice Augustine Nshimye, Justice Faith Mwondha, Justice Rubby Opio Aweri, Justice Eldad Mwangusya, and Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa.

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed five new justices to the Supreme Court and seven justices to the Court of Appeal, which doubles as the Constitutional Court.

According to a press release issued by Presidential Press Secretary Linda Nabusayi, the names of those appointed have been forwarded to Parliament for approval as demanded by the constitution.

Those appointed to the Supreme Court include; Justice Augustine Nshimye, Justice Faith Mwondha, Justice Rubby Opio Aweri, Justice Eldad Mwangusya, and Prof. Lillian Tibatemwa.

All these five appointees were previously Justices of the Court of Appeal.

The new appointees to the Constitutional Court include; Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, Justice Paul Mugamba, Justice Simon Byabakama, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, Justice Hellen Obura, Justice Elizabeth Musoke and Cheborion Barishaki.

Out of the seven appointees to the Court of Appeal, it is only Cheborion who has come from outside the Judiciary circles.   He was previously the director civil litigation in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. The remaining six appointees were formerly judges of the High Court.

The appointment of five justices to the Supreme Court comes at a time when there was no quorum, as four acting justices (Benjamin Odoki, John Wilson Tsekooko, Christine Kitumba and Galdino Okello) were exiting after their two-year contracts ended recently.

This now brings the total number of Supreme Court judges to nine, including Chief Justice Bart Katureebe.

However, the appointments leaves a huge vacuum at the High Court as six justices have been promoted from the court and not replaced. This leaves the High Court with only 43 out of the required 82 judges.