Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo appointed new Chief Justice, Justice Richard Buteera to deputise him


President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo, 64, as the new Chief justice of Uganda replacing Justice Bart Katureebe who retired in June upon attaining the mandatory retirement age for a Chief Justice in Uganda.

Justice Owiny- Dollo who has been Uganda’s deputy Chief Justice since 30th September 2017 became the acting Chief Justice upon the retirement and departure of Justice Bart Katureebe on the 21st of June until such now when the President has appointed him a substantive Chief Justice.

L-R: Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo and Justice Richard Buteera at Parliament in 2018 for their approval as Deputy Chief Justice and Supreme Court Justice respectively/ Photo: Uganda Radio Network.

Mr. Owiny’s appointment was confirmed by State House sources yesterday who informed us that the President had in fact already written to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga informing her of his nomination of Justice Alfonse for Uganda’s highest judicial office. The president by the same letter, according to the sources, informed the Speaker of his nomination of Supreme Court Justice Richard Buteera for the position of Deputy Chief Justice.

Following interviews of several Judges for the position of Chief Justice by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in mid-march, the Commission forwarded three names to the President for consideration. The trio included two senior Supreme Court Judges; Justice Richard Buteera, Justice Esther Kisakye and then Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo.


Of the three contenders, Justice Owiny emerged the favourite shattering the convention in Uganda’s Judicial system where if one was a deputy Chief Justice, he or she would not go on to become the Chief Justice. Therefore, Justice Owiny Dollo’s nomination makes him the first person in Uganda’s judicial history to climb from Deputy to Chief Justice.

Justice Richard Buteera who was also a contender for the position of Chief Justice was nominated by the president for the position of deputy chief justice. It should be remembered that recently in late July, President Museveni appointed Justice Buteera to the Judicial Service commission to replace Justice Jotham Tumwesigye who retired in September last year.

The duo now awaits the Hon Rebbecca Kadaga chaired Parliamentary appointments committee’s approval before they can occupy their new offices.


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