KAMPALA – The leadership of the Court of Appeal on Friday formally bid farewell to its outgoing Registrar, Godfrey Anguandia Opifeni, and also welcome the new Registrar, Susan Kanyange.
HW Opifeni recently retired after clocking the mandatory retirement age.
The function which was presided over by the Deputy Chief Justice, Richard Buteera, was witnessed by Justice Remmy Kasule, Ag Assistant Registrar, Mary Babirye as well as the Private Legal Secretary to the DCJ, Dr. Alex Mushabe Karocho.
The DCJ, who was HW Opifeni’s first Chief Registrar in 1993 when he joined the Judiciary, observed that he (Opifeni) had maintained excellent performance throughout his career.
“…We came to work together again at the Supreme Court, and the time you spent there was well spent,” the DCJ said.
The DCJ said he was glad that HW Opifeni had retired with his very good record and name. He expressed his delight that the former Registrar was leaving with a comfortable retirement package as a result of the Administration of the Judiciary Act.
The DCJ thanked HW Opifeni for the service rendered to the Judiciary and Uganda as a whole.
On his part, HW Opifeni said he was glad to leave service in the very hands of the same person who ushered him into service. “He received us, molded us, and groomed us and my heart is very warm that I am leaving in your hands.”
He thanked the DCJ for mentoring him in the Judicial career. Adding, “I appreciate my time in the Judiciary, the people with whom I worked with, and the Judges under whom I have served.”
Justice Kasule described the Judiciary as a very demanding institution and commended HW Opifeni for “having entered and exited with honor”.
On behalf of the Court, the DCJ presented to HW Opifeni a gift and handed him a plaque in appreciation of his service.
While receiving the gifts, the Court’s former Registrar thanked the Judicial Officers and staff at the Court for warmly receiving him, been good to him, and for the gifts given to him.
In conformity to COVID-19 protocols, the attendance was restricted to a few people.