Kampala-The new Deputy Chief Justice, Alphonse Owiny Dollo was sworn-in over the weekend, marking an end to the tenure of Justice Steven Kavuma.
Different stakeholders who included justices, members of the Judicial Service Commissioners, representatives of security agencies, the Minister of the Presidency Esther Mbayo and the Head of Public Service, John Mitala, were in attendance.
During the swearing-in ceremony, President Yoweri Museveni appreciated the outgoing DCJ, Steven Kavuma, who was also in attendance with his wife, Ruth Kavuma, for his long service for both the country and the Judiciary.
Museveni said: “Discipline is crucial. If implemented by all the arms of the State, the country will move forward. “If the Judiciary is disciplined in fighting corruption, the citizens of your country would be happy.”
The President said he is aware of some of the Judiciary challenges like personnel number and workload. He however, said some impact could be registered with the limited resources.
“You do not have to be everywhere…you can utilise the meagre resources to do more because not all cases are the same. You may for instance prioritise murder, rape, defilement and commercial cases,” he said.
Owiny Dolo comes at a time when the judicial officers across the country have been embroiled in strikes over low salary pay, the constitutional amendment on presidential Age Limit which battle, is still in Parliament. And the controversial plan to amend the Land Bill.
Earlier, the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, thanked the President for “injecting fresh blood in the Judiciary Top Management”. The Chief Justice appealed to the President to give the Judiciary another push to ensure that the Administration of Judiciary Bill as well as supporting the issue of officers retiring with all their full benefits.
The president said he supports the tabling of the Administration of the Judiciary Bill – a legislation that would ensure financial and administration independence of the Judiciary, and reiterated his position on officers retiring with their full benefits.
WHO IS OWINY DOLO?
- Born on January 18, 1956
- Studied Law at Makerere University
- Holds a Master of Arts Degree in conflict Resolution from Bradford University
- Has a certificate in advanced mediation skills from the Center for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town
1988: appointed legal counsel in the peace talks between then rebel outfit Uganda People’s
- Democratic Movement (UPDM) and government
- Represented Ogago County both in the CA and sixth parliament
1996: appointed minister of state in charge of Northern Uganda Reconstruction Programme (NURP)
- 2006: As a mediator, he met LRA rebel leader Joseph Kony face-to-face in Garamba forest in the DR Congo
- 2006: Served as a member of President Museveni’s defence team
- 2007-2008: Owiny Dollo was legal counsel to South Sudan’s Riek Machar, the chief mediator in the Juba peace talks between the Ugandan government and the LRA rebels.
- 2008: appointed as a judge of the High court
- Served for seven years as High Court Judge
- Was resident judge of the High court in Fort Portal
- Headed High Court’s Execution and Bailiffs division
- Worked at the International Crimes Division (ICD) of the High court
- Heard the case in which 13 men were accused of killing 76 people in twin bombings in Kampala, during tenure at High court criminal division
- 2015: Appointed to the Court of appeal
- 2017: Appointed Deputy Chief Justice