President Museveni on Thursday appointed Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo as the new Chief Justice, becoming the 13th Chief Justice since 1962 when Uganda got it’s independence.
In the same vein, Supreme Court Judge Richard Buteera was appointed Deputy Chief Justice. The two names await vetting by Parliament.
Justice Owiny-Dollo has been the Chief Justice since June 20 but only in the acting role. when This was after substantive Chief Justice Bart Katureebe had retired upon reaching the 70 years.
Justice Owiny-Dollo at a glance:
Justice Owiny-Dollo makes history as the first Chief Justice to be elevated from the position of Deputy Chief Justice. The previous holders of the office were appointed from the Supreme Court Bench.
He presided over the trial of the Kampala twin bombings in which he convicted several suspects for being behind the killing of at least 76 football fans at Kyadondo Rugby Club and Ethiopian Village in Kabalagala.
He also led a panel of five Justices to Mbale District, out of which four of them, upheld the scrapping of the age limit clauses from the Constitution by 317 MPs.
Past Chief Justices
Sir Andley Mckisak (1961-1962)
KG Bennet (Ag Chief Justice) 1962-1963
Sir Udo Udoma (1963-1969)
Sir Dermont Sheridan, (1969-1971)
Benedicto Kiwanuka (1971-1972)
Samuel Wako Wambuzi (1972-1975)
Mohamed Saied (1975-1979)
amuel Wako Wambuzi (1979-1980)
George Masika (1980-1985)
Peter Allen (1985-1986)
Samuel Wako Wambuzi (1986-2001)
Benjamin Odoki (2001-2013)
Steven Kavuma (2013-2015) Ag. Chief Justice
Bart Katureebe (2015-2020)