Tension As Chief Justice Shakes Up Judicial Officers

Tension As Chief Justice Shakes Up Judicial Officers

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By Andrew Irumba

Kampala: Untold tension is engulfing the Judicial Service Commission after Chief Justice Bart Katureebe announcing a massive reshuffle and transferring several judicial officers.

Those
transferred is Fred Waninda, the acting Registrar of the Commercial Court in
Charge of Planning, Performance and Development, who was recently accused of
assaulting a journalist attached to Smart 24 Television.

Waninda
was caught on camera slapping the journalist, for recording him while exiting
the Commercial court where he had testified on allegations of forging an
agreement with intentions of grabbing land belonging to one Charles Mulindwa.
He will now be deployed in Masaka High Court.

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The
others affected are; Dr Gladys Nakibuule, who has been away on leave and now
moves to Lira High Court and Amos Kwizera who will be deployed to Mbarara High
Court. The Chief Magistrates of Lira and Mbarara have been performing
additional duties as caretaker registrars.   

The
other Deputy Registrars transferred are Cissy Mudhasi, who moves from Mukono to
Jinja High Court circuit, and Harriet Ssali who is moving from Jinja to Mukono
High Court.   

Others
are Samuel Emokor, who is moving from the Land Division to the Registry of the
Planning and Development Unit, Flavia Nabakooza, from Executions Division to
Land Division and Assistant Registrar, Ssempala Dorothy Lwanga, from Masaka to
Executions & Bailiffs Division.   

Also
transferred are Magistrates Grade One: Mukasa Sanyu, from Mbarara to Nabweru,
Muhimbise Gordon, from Ibanda to Mbarara and Marion Mangeni, from Nabweru to
the Standards, Utilities and Wildlife Court at Buganda Road

The
transfer instrument signed by the Chief Registrar of the judiciary Esther
Nambayo points out that the changes which have affected deputy registrars, an
assistant registrar and Grade One Magistrates take immediate effect and are
aimed at promoting better relations between the Judiciary and stakeholders, especially
the community and district authorities who deal with them directly.

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