Museveni appoints new Chief Justice

Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo the new Chief Justice

Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo the new Chief Justice

President Museveni has Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo the new Chief Justice, replacing Justice Bart Katureebe who attained the mandatory retirement in June.

Justice Owiny-Dollo, who has served in the position since August 2017 after replacing Steven Kavuma, who attained the mandatory retirement age of 70 years, on 29 September 2017 will be deputized by Justice Richard Buteera.

The new Chief Justice who hails from present-day Agago District holds a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University, and a Diploma in Legal Practice, from the Law Development Centre in Kampala, Uganda’s largest city and capital.

His Master of Arts in conflict resolution, was obtained from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. He also has a certificate in advanced conflict mediation skills, obtained from the Center for Conflict Resolution, in Cape Town, South Africa.

In 1988, Owiny-Dollo served as legal counsel in the peace talks between the then rebel outfit, Uganda People’s Democratic Movement (UPDM), and the government of Uganda. In that capacity, he wrote the peace agreement executed between the government and UPDM, on 3 June 1988, at Pece Stadium, in Gulu.

From 1994 until 1996, he was a member of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Uganda Constitution. He also served as a Member of Parliament, representing Agago County in the 6th Parliament (1996–2001).

During the talks between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the National Resistance Movement government of Uganda, from 2006 until 2008, Owiny-Dollo served as legal counsel to Reik Machar, the Vice President of South Sudan, who mediated the talks.

In 2008, he was appointed to the High Court of Uganda, serving in that capacity until 2015.

In 2015, Owiny-Dollo, was promoted to the Court of Appeal of Uganda. However, he couldn’t immediately take up his appointment because he was hearing a terrorism case in the High Court, in which 13 men were accused of killing 76 people in twin bombings in Kampala in 2010.

He disposed of that case in May 2016.

In August 2017, President Museveni appointed Owiny-Dollo, as the Deputy Chief Justice and under Ugandan law, the head of Uganda’s Court of Appeal and Uganda’s Constitutional Court.

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