KAMPALA – The Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo has appointed James Ereemye Jumire Mawanda as the new Public Relations Officer for the Judiciary.
Mawanda the current Acting Registrar in Charge of Magistrates Affairs and Data Management will replace Jamson Karemani Karemera who was last month appointed as a Judge of the High Court by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Karemani had served in the same capacity for five years since 2019.
“In exercise of the powers conferred upon the Chief Justice under Article133 of the Constitution and in accordance with Section 3(a) of the Administration of the Judiciary Act, I hereby assign you as Public Relations Officer of the Judiciary, in addition to your duties as a Registrar,” reads the Chief Justice’s letter dated August 28th, 2023.
According to the Statement issued by the Judiciary Principal Communications Officer Sheila Wamboga, Mawanda now takes on the Registry of Communications and Public Relations to supervise a team of professional Communications Officers. He will also deputize the Chief Registrar Sarah Langa Siu as the spokesperson of the Judiciary.
Langa Siu has welcomed the appointment saying the new PRO will be instrumental in fostering public awareness and the image of the Judiciary in line with the Judiciary Strategic Plan five. She has also commended Justice Karemani for the great job done as PRO of the Judiciary.
Mawanda is a career Judicial Officer whose experience spans 27 years growing through the ranks from Magistrate Grade III Trainee, Magistrate Grade II, Magistrate Grade I, Chief Magistrate, Deputy Registrar and Acting Registrar. He has previously worked in Nakawa, Buganda Road and Mbale Chief Magistrate Courts.
Mawanda is also a member of the Judiciary Council representing the Lower Bench. The Judiciary Council is an advisory body to the Chief Justice established under the Administration of the Judiciary Act, 2020.
He is also a member of the Law Council and the Disciplinary Committee of the Law Council. He is also a Committee Member on the Executive of the Uganda Judicial Officers Association as a representative of Registrars.