he head of the High Court, Principal Judge Dr. Flavian Zeija has Tuesday transferred 26 Judges of the High Court, according to a transfer circular by his office.
The transfers which will take effect on the 22nd of February will see Justice Musa Ssekaana, who has been lauded as an effective Judge having delivered the highest number of Judgements during the coronavirus pandemic take over the reigns of the Civil division of the High Court – at a time when the institution is bracing self for an overload of election petitions arising out the just concluded parliamentary elections.
” The changes have been made with a view of attaining more effecient delivery of Judicial services.” Dr. Flavian Zeija said, adding that:
” The Judges transferred are required to complete matters that are in advanced stages before the handover and relocation to the new stations. They (Judges on transfer) should not take on new files.”
At the civil division of the High Court Justice Ssekaana will be deputised by Justice Emmanuel Baguma while Justice Michael Elubu, the current head of the division moves to head the criminal division where he will be deputised by former Mbarara Senior Resident Judge Mr Justice Tadeo Asiimwe.
Justice Wilson Kwesiga, the outgoing head of the criminal division will “concentrate on winding up his Judicial work with the division” since he will be retiring from the Judiciary later this year, the institution said.
The transfers have also come with the appointment of Gulu Resident Judge Justice Stephen Mubiru as new head of the commercial division of the High Court replacing Justice Dr. Henry Peter Adonyo who has been moved to Soroti as Senior Resident Judge.
Also in the shuffle, Justice Dr. Andrew Bashaija who has been away on sick leave has been redeployed as deputy head of the High Court’s International Crimes Division replacing Justice Jane F. Kiggundu who moves to Mbarara as Resident Judge.
Other Justices redeployed include Justice Henriette Wolayo ( as Mubende Resident Judge), Justice Elizabeth Kabanda (as Mukono Resident Judge), and Justice Margret Mutonyi (as a Judge in the Criminal division) – the trio has been at the now Executions and Bailiffs division of the Court.
The other Judges affected by the transfers are: Justice Isaac Muwata (from Mubende to Lira as Resident Judge), Justice Jesse Byaruhanga ( from Mbale to Masindi as Resident Judge), Justice Phillip Odoki (Resident Judge Mpigi to Judge in the Civil division of the High Court), Justice Jean Rwakakoko (Resident Judge Jinja to Judge in the Commercial division of the High Court), Justice Anthony Ojok ( from the criminal division to Resident Judge Mpigi), Justice Lydia Mugambe ( from the criminal division to the family division, Justice Alex Mackay Ajiji( from Lira to Gulu as Resident Judge), Justice Susan Okalany ( Deputy head of the family division to the International Crimes Division as a Judge), Justice Joyce Kavuma ( Resident Judge Mbarara elevated to Senior Resident Judge Mbarara), Justice Ketrah Kitarisibwa Katunguka ( elevated as Deputy head of the Family division), Justice Patricia Basaza Wasswa ( Resident Judge Mukono now Judge in the land division), Justice Dr. Winfred Nabisinde (moved from the criminal division, now Resident Judge) and Justice Wamala Bonifance (commercial division to criminal division).