Museveni Swears In New High Court Judge

approved geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of Justice Duncan Gaswaga, the newly appointed High Court Judge, that took place on Wednesday at State House, Entebbe, Museveni said that granting bail to such people encouraged mob justice by communities because aggrieved relatives of the wronged person react to show displeasure with court decision.

“The practice in the Ugandan judiciary of granting bail to serious offenders had become a mockery leading to impunity tendencies among wananchi,” Museveni stated.

He added: “Why do you give Court Bail to somebody who committed grave offences of murder and treason?”

According to Ms Sarah Kagingo, the President’s Special Assistant for Communications, Mr. Museveni said the NRM government has been in the lead in promoting the justice system in the country.

He referred to challenges of logistics and welfare of judges as temporary as these would be addressed as the national economy continues to register steady improvement.


He congratulated Justice Duncan Gaswaga on his appointment as High Court Judge saying this would go a long way in easing the work of the judicial services in Uganda.

The appointment of Justice Duncan Gaswaga brings the number of judges in the country to 50.

Justice Gaswaga was prior to his appointment head of the criminal division of the Supreme Court in Seychelles and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Deputy Registrar of the High Court, Mr. Munata Isaac, reported the need to have 80 Judges as required by the law in order to expedite the work of the judiciary service so that 21 of them are allotted to the Court of Appeal and 15 to the High Court.

He noted that the challenges of the backlog of cases will be minimised if the required number of judges is realised.

Acting Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma, the Attorney General, Mr. Peter Nyombi and Head of Public Service, Mr. John Mitala, witnessed the ceremony.

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