By Andrew Irumba
Kampala: Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe officially announced his plan to retire, after serving the judiciary for decades and rising through the ranks to the highest office over the years.
Katureebe revealed this on Thursday while bidding farewell to 54 fellow African Chief Justices who had come to Uganda for the 4th African Judicial Dialogue, which was held at Common Wealth Speke Resort Munyonyo.
Justice Katureebe, who was hosting several heads of African Judiciaries to a dinner at his official residence in Nakasero on Thursday night, said when the next African judicial dialogue takes place late next year, he will no longer be Chief Justice, because he is retiring in June.
He said that; “For me, it’s goodbye to you all because by the time you hold another African judicial dialogue, I will definitely not be Uganda’s Chief Justice.”
Katureebe is expected to hang up his judicial wig mid next year as he clocks the mandatory retirement age of 70.
The Chief Justice of Kenya, David Maraga, who briefly spoke on behalf of other African Chief Justices in attendance, thanked Katureebe and the entire Ugandan Judiciary team for the warm reception that they accorded before promising to reciprocate.
He also said soon after his counterpart Katureebe retires in June, he will follow in December.
“As CJ Katureebe retires in June, I will also follow in December,” CJ Maraga revealed.
Born in June 1950 Katureebe is a Ugandan judge who was appointed Chief Justice on March 5, 2015. Before that, he was a justice of the Supreme Court of Uganda.