ENTEBBE – The Chief Justice, Alphonse Owiny-Dollo and the Deputy Chief Justice, Richard Buteera have taken oath of office on September 8, 2020 at State House, Entebbe.
Justice Dollo replaces Justice Bart Katureebe who left the position in June, after clocking the retirement age.
Speaking at the ceremony, President Yoweri Museveni said there should be prioritisation in payment of judges.
“When we came from the Bush, I was earning Shs150,000 but okayed payment of Shs3.2 million to judges,” he said.
He added that, “Our philosophy was that even if we had little food, the one on duty would be the one to eat so that they manage to do their part. We remunerated the judges well so that they could serve justice to Ugandans.”
According to Museveni, the public does not understand the idea of Police bond.
“It is dangerous for the credibility of the judicial system. Bail is also another danger for crimes like murder, rape, defilement and others,” said Museveni.
He further called upon the judiciary to prioritise these serious offences and dispose them even though there is pressure of too much work.
“I congratulate His Lordship Alphonse Owinyi- Dollo. We have worked together for a long time. Justice Butera was also at Dar-es-Salaam University when we were there in our own military endeavours. I congratulate him too.”