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Judicial officers under their umbrella body of Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA) on Tuesday elected new leaders.
For the first time in its 50 years of existence, the body received a judge as its President.
Mbarara High Court Resident Judge, Justice Asiimwe Tadeo was elected to replace Deputy Registrar Godfrey Kaweesa, who has served as the President of this Association for two terms.
In his maiden speech Asiimwe promised to promote togetherness between the members of lower and the higher bench.
Kaweesa became popular during the sit down strike of Magistrates and Judges as they demanded that government improves on their welfare.
Grade One Magistrate Sheila Gloria Atim, returned to the post of the vice president of the Association
Others executive members who were voted unopposed include; magistrates Martins Kirya as the General Secretary, Ms Esther Asiimwe as vice general secretary, Daniel Bwambale as the Treasurer with his deputy being Ms Beatrice Khainza.
Mr Nicholas Asiu was voted unopposed for the position of Editor with his vice being, Mr Abert Asiimwe.
No representative was elected for both Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
Justice Olive Kazaarwe, was elected as the representative of the High Court onto the UJOA Executive, Assistant Registrar Dorothy Lwanga now represents Registrars and Chief Magistrate Prossy Katushabe was voted as the representative of chief magistrates.
Magistrate Tindyebwa Kiingi Adyeeri was voted a representative of Grade One magistrates.
The members in their Annual General meeting resolved to allow all members’ subscription to be deducted at source.
This resolution will be registered with the URSB and signatures of members attached.
They also resolved that the monthly subscription fee be increased from the current Shs20,000 to Shs30,000
The newly elected UJOA president, Justice Asiimwe previously served as the Resident Judge of Mbale.
Prior to his appointment as Judge two years ago, he served as acting Registrar in charge of the Court of Appeal.
He started his career as a Project advocate of the Legal Aid Project of the Uganda Law society at the Kabarole branch between 1997- 1999. In 1999 he moved to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions as a state attorney.
He was then appointed as Resident State Attorney Buganda Road Court in 2000 and moved to Makindye Chief Magistrate in 2001 in the same capacity.
In 2003, he became an associate partner and external oral examiner at Law Development Centre. He was appointed a Principal Legal Officer Planning, Research and Inspectorate in 2005 a position he held till 2009.
He joined the Judiciary as an assistant registrar attached to Gulu High Court in 2009. In 2010 he was transferred to the International Crimes Division and later moved to the High Court Civil Division in 2014. In the same year he was appointed the acting Inspector of Courts till 2017 when he was transferred to the Court of Appeal.