Deputy Chief justice Sworn IN

Saturday, 30th September 2017
President Yoweri Museveni has called for discipline in the three branches and sub-branches of government. He said that discipline will help the country move forward and enumerated the three branches of the State as being the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary. He added that the Army, which is a Sub-Branch under the Executive, had been responsible for a lot of chaos in Africa.

The President was today speaking at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Deputy Chief Justice, Alphonse Owiny Dollo, at State House Entebbe. He observed that in the past Uganda went into all sorts of problems that forced people to run away to exile but when discipline was introduced to some branches and sub-branches of government, the citizens are now happy and living peacefully.

“Different actors have been working to stabilize Uganda and make sure it is on a sustainable recovery path,” he said.

“I have been involved with the armed forces and disciplined them. We need to do the same for the other branches and sub branches. If the Judiciary is disciplined in fighting corruption, citizens will live a good life,” he added.

On the issue of the backlog of cases, President Museveni said the Chief Justice had briefed him. He observed that despite the low number of Judges, the Judiciary should prioritize the cases before it.

“What destabilizes society is killing. Murder, rape and defilement should be prioritized because of their sensitivity. Commercial cases should also be prioritized because there is need for the economy to grow,” he added.

The Attorney General, William Byaruhanga, said that the Justice Service Commission is actively interviewing Judges to address the backlog of cases in the Judiciary.

The Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, thanked President Museveni for appointing Justice Owiny Dollo and also for his support to the Judiciary. “I want to thank President Museveni for injecting young blood into the Judiciary,” he said. He also thanked Justice Steven Kavuma for his long service to his country.

Outgoing Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma, Minister for Presidency Esther Mbayo, Justice Catherine Bamugemerire, the Chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission, Justice Benjamin Kabiito Isingoma, Justice Jotham Tumwesigye and other members of the Judicial Service Commission, attended the ceremony.

Before his appointment, 61-year-old Justice Owiny Dollo headed the International Crimes Division (ICD) of the High Court of Uganda. He beat off competition from Justices, Irene Mulyagonja, current Inspector General of Government (IGG), Esther Kisaakye, Stella Arach-Amoko, Lillian Tibatemwa, Fredrick Egonda-Ntende and Hellen Obura.

Justice Owiny Dollo also served as High Court Judge and Court of Appeal Judge. He was appointed together with Justice Richard Buteera and Paul Mugamba, who were promoted to the Supreme Court from the Court of Appeal.

Owiny Dollo presided over the case against the organizers of the July 11, 2010, Kampala twin bombing which left scores dead. He convicted seven of the masterminds, gave five a life sentence and two a 50-year jail term.

Before joining the High Court in 2008, Justice Owiny Dollo was President Yoweri Museveni’s Legal Counsel in the 2006 Presidential Election Petition filed by opposition Presidential Candidate, Dr. Kiiza Besigye.  
Owiny-Dollo, who enrolled as an advocate in May 1985, was a Defense Counsel in the landmark high-treason trial, appeal and retrial of Prof. Isaac Newton Ojok on charges of treason and convicted to death. However, later after a retrial, he was acquitted of the charges.

In 1988, Justice Owing Dollo was Legal Counsel in the peace talks between the Government of Uganda and then rebel Uganda Peoples’ Democratic Movement (UPDM). He drafted the legal document that was executed as the historic Peace Agreement between the Government and UPDM, at Pece Stadium, Gulu on 3rd June 1988.

As a politician, Owiny Dollo was a Member of Parliament for Agago County and sat on the Committee of Appointments, Defense and Internal Affairs from 1996 to 2001.

He also served as State Minister in Charge of Northern Uganda Reconstruction Programme (NURP) from 1996 to 1999 and also State Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1996.

Justice Owiny Dollo, who is founder of Owiny Dollo Legal Services, has also made several academic presentations on the conflict in Northern Uganda that include “Healing the Wounds of Conflict: The Challenges of Rendering Justice in Post Conflict Northern Uganda” in 2007 and “The Northern Uganda Conflict” in 2003.