President Yoweri Museveni has named seven judges, and the Parliament Appointments Committee has confirmed them. Former Deputy Solicitor General Christopher Gashirabake and Jinja Resident Judge Eva Luswata are the two approved Court of Appeal justices.
The committee, which was led by Deputy Speaker Anita Among, also confirmed five High Court justices. Florence Nakachwa, the former Deputy Director of the Law Development Centre, Tom Chemutai, the former Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Vincent Wagona, and the former Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions are among them.
Alice Kyomuhangi, a former Deputy Registrar in the Department of Inspectorate of Courts, and Lawrence Tweyanze, a former Deputy Registrar in the Department of Inspectorate of Courts, are the others.
Their confirmation increases the total number of Court of Appeal justices to 15 and the number of High Court judges to 57.
All of the President’s candidates were accepted, according to a committee source, since they did not have a terrible track record.
During the vetting of Nakachwa, a number of MPs on the committee who were her pupils recused themselves owing to a conflict of interest. Mathias Mpuuga, the Leader of the Opposition, and Asuman Basalirwa, the Bugiri Municipality MP, were among them. Following her appearance before the committee, Nakachwa told media that she will try to improve judicial facilitation and guarantee that the case backlog inside the judiciary is addressed. After conversing with MPs in a closed-door meeting, the remaining new judges declined to talk to press.