KAMPALA – The Judiciary has shuffled 42 judicial officers at the rank of Registrars and Magistrates. The changes affect mainly the recently appointed officers on promotion, plus a few others on transfer.
While communicating the changes on July 13, the Chief Registrar, Ms. Sarah Langa Siu, said that deployments and transfers were in the interest of improving the administration of justice in the various Courts.
“Some of the Divisions like Land, Commercial and Family needed boosting, given the volume of work in the respective Registries,” she said.
The two newly appointed Judicial Officers: Mr. John Paul Edoku (Deputy Registrar) and Mr. Ronald Kayizzi (Chief Magistrate), have been deployed to the Registry of Planning, Research and Development and Moyo Chief Magistrate Court, respectively.
The changes have also seen at least 10 Judicial Officers at the Deputy Registrar and Chief Magistrate ranks transferred to different stations.
These include Deputy Registrars: Mary Babirye, being moved from the Court of Appeal to the Mediation Registry; Flavia Nabakooza (Land Division to Commercial
Court); and Mary Kaitesi Lukwago (Commercial Division to Court of Appeal).
Ms. Langa further stated that the Judicial Service Commission had extended the
appointment of eight Acting Chief Magistrates – they were initially appointed in January 2021 on a short-term engagement to assist with managing election petitions arising out of the January 14 national polls. These have been retained at their current stations.
Further, two Magistrate Grade Ones: Natwijuka Aloysius Baryeza and Evelyn Najjuko, have been assigned caretaker roles in addition to their current stations to address the staffing gaps in different Magisterial Areas.
All the deployments are effective immediately, whereas the transfers will be effective on August 1, 2021.