Today, Justice Owiny Dollo has been sworn in as the chief Justice of Uganda. This ceremony has been carried out from Entebbe state house. Owiny Dollo is the former deputy chief Justice. He was appointed by the president after the retirement of His Lordship Bart Katurebe.
His Lordship Owiny Dollo has promised to work on cases that have lasted more than their duration in court. This is the same problem the Justice Katurebe encountered during g his tenure.
However, the newly sworn in Chief Justice has pledged to see to it that the number of judges is increased so that cases don’t pile up in court.
The president, while giving his speech hinted on the death sentence for those found guilty of murder. He clearly said he is not in support of life sentence because it doesn’t make sense. The president made his point clear that an eye for an eye is better and every other thing can wait.
The debate on whether this law should be reinstated has been on the table for long. Perhaps now that the president has talked about it openly, it will be out into consideration. This of course is a challenge to the newly sworn in Chief Justice. We can’t however rule out the fact that it will help curb high murder rates in the country.
The new Chief Justice was sworn along side his deputy Chief Justice Richard Buteera.
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