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East Africa Court Judge Takes Over as Rwanda Chief Justice

Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Friday officiated at the swearing in of the new Chief Justice of Rwanda, Dr Faustin Ntezilyayo, who has been serving as the East African Court of Justice’s Deputy Principal Judge.

Ntezilyayo, a former Justice Minster was appointed on Wednesday this week, replacing Prof Sam Rugege who retired after spending 8 years in the country’s judiciary.

Upon receiving this news, the judges and court staff in Arusha congratulated their colleague upon assuming the new office.

“The President of the Court, Hon Justice Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, on behalf of the Court and on his own behalf congratulates His Lordship Dr Ntezilyayo and commends his dedicated and recommendable work as a judge and the extemporary leadership as the Deputy Principal Judge of the First Instance Division, which has greatly contributed to rising the jurisprudence and steady growth of the Court.” reads part of the message.

“The East African Court of Justice has no doubt that the appointment will promote support in implementing its role of ensuring adherence to the law through interpretation, application and compliance of the Treaty in the EAC region and in particular the Republic of Rwanda.”

Justice Ntezilyayo is one of the judges in the case before East African court of Justice in which Ugandan lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi challenges both the Constitutional and Supreme Court’s majority decision of upholding the constitutional amendment on the Presidential Age limit
The EAC Heads of State summit appointed His Lordship Dr Ntezilyayo a judge to the East African Court of Justice in April 2013 and consequently he was designated the Deputy Principal Judge in July 2018, a position he still holds to date Justice.
Justice Ntezilyayo, before being appointed to EACJ, served as the Assistant Lecturer at the National University of Rwanda; Senior Legal Advisor, Ministry of Trade and Industry Rwanda; Minister of Justice of Rwanda; Vice Governor of the Central Bank of Rwanda; Managing Director of the Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency; Independent Consultant and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Ottawa, Canada and Managing Director of AGASEKE Bank. His Lordship holds a PhD in Law, University of Antwerp, Belgium 1994; LLM in Fiscal Law, Free University of Brussels, Belgium, 1996; M.A in International Affairs with specialization in International Trade Policy, Carleton University, CaJu

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