KAMPALA—The Deputy Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo has temporarily assumed the office of the Chief Justice pending the appointment of a substantive holder of the third arm of government.
The former Chief Justice, Bart Magunda Katureebe handed over the office peacefully on Monday morning after five years at the helm of the judiciary upon clocking the mandatory retirement age.
“I wish to take this opportunity to thank you all collectively and individually for the
cooperation and support you have rendered to me, and the Judiciary as an institution during my tenure in office. It has indeed been a great honour and privilege to work with you all,” Katureebe said in a short letter of appreciation to stakeholders
“I believe that together we have registered some achievements in the Administration of Justice in the Country. I would urge all to extend the same support to the in-coming Chief Justice,” said Justice Katureebe.
Justice Katureebe told some of his staff that: “I have retired and I’m going home. I want people to see that you can retire and go home. I am just winding up for the new person to come in.
Katureebe still has three months at the Supreme Court he has finish his judgments.
Since the President has not yet appointed Katureebe’s replacement, his deputy, Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo, will serve in acting capacity, pending the appointment of a substantive chief justice.
Justice Katureebe dedicated 36 years of his work life to public service.