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Ugandan President Swears In Seven High Court Judges


Kampala — President Museveni yesterday used the swearing-in of seven High Court Judges to ask them to help his government keep law and order.

Mr Museveni, according to Mr Solomon Muyita, the Judiciary senior communications officer, told the judges at State House Entebbe that he shares the job of keeping law and order with the Judiciary.

“… the issue of keeping law and order is where I need your help,” he said, according to Mr Muyita.

The new judges include Ketra Katunguka, Flavian Zeijja, Anne Mugenyi Bitature, Susan Okalany, Stephen Mubiru, Anthony Ayuko Ojok and Moses Kawumi Kazibwe.

The President also promised the new judges improved welfare, including incentives such as building new staff houses and salary enhancements, among others.

At the same function, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe asked the President to appoint more judges to reduce case backlogs.

Justice Katureebe also asked the President to consider passing the pending structure of having 82 High Court judges instead of the current 50 judges.

The seven Judges were appointed by President Museveni early this year to replace the six judges who had late last year been elevated to the Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court.

Mr Kagole Kivumbi, the Secretary to the Judicial Service Commission, a government body mandated with recruiting and disciplining judicial officers, yesterday said the swearing-in now brings the total number of High Court judges to 49 against the approved structure of 50 judges.

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