President Yoweri Museveni, while officiating at the swearing-in ceremony of 16 High Court Judges at State House Entebbe, demanded the expeditious disposal of cases a vice that delays the delivery of justice.
“This addition will enhance the capacity of the High Court to expeditiously dispose of cases and tackle the backlog,” the president said referring to the new judicial officials. “I called upon them to put our people’s rights at the core of their service,” he added.
“The rights of our people are supreme and can never be compromised and full accountability must be there, especially the capital offenders,” Museveni stated.
The sworn-in judges include; Ms Mary Ikit, Mr Douglas Singiza Karekona, Ms Susan Kanyange, Mr Samuel Emokor, Ms Flavia Matovu Nassuna, Ms Patricia Kahingi Asiimwe, Mr Bernard Namanya, and Mr Thomas Ocaya Ojele Rubanga.
Others are Ms Grace Harriet Magala, Mr Collins Acellam, Mr Allan Paul Nshimye Mbabazi, Ms Patricia Mutesi, Ms Christine Kaahwa, Mr George Okello, Ms Celia Nagawa, and Ms Faridah Shamilah Bukirwa.
Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo in a speech read by Deputy Chief Justice Richard Buteera cautioned the new judges to desist from corruption tendencies.
“I call upon you to always serve with utmost humility and integrity and make upright decisions without fear or favour, malice, compassion, affection discrimination or ill-will. In essence, uphold the judicial oath that you have just taken,” he said.