Parliament Done Vetting of New Judges

The appointments committee of parliament has finalized vetting newly appointed judges. The vetting process was concluded on Tuesday afternoon after three nominees appeared before the committee.
They are Justices Duncan Gaswaga, Egonda Ntende, the former chief justice of Seychellesand Amos Twinomujuni. The trio missed an earlier vetting exercise as they were reportedly outside the country on official duties. Last month, the appointments committee chaired by Rebecca Kadaga, the speaker of parliament approved 25 judges to serve in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and Uganda High court.

Some of the judges are Elizabeth Kibula Kabanda, Damalie Nantunda Lwanga, Lydia Mugambe, Vincent Okwanga, Alexandra Rugandya Nkonge, Dr Winifred Nabisinde, Eva Luswata Kawuma and Michael Elubu among others. Speaking to redpepper shortly after appearing before the vetting committee Justice Frederick Egonda Ntende was upbeat about his new assignment.  He said despite the fact that, Seychelles combines both the common and civil laws as compared to Uganda which uses the common law, there are similarities.

He however, declined to divulge details about the vetting exercise. Betty Amongi, a member of the committee said the appointees were good and had no issues with the committee. Amongi said the international exposure Egonda has on the judicial system would boost Uganda’s Judicial Services. Justice Egonda has been a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Seychelles since Aug 2009. He has experience in the reform of judicial systems, the computerization of case administration systems and matters of drug trafficking.

He was involved in the setting up of an independent judiciary in East Timor where he served as a judge of the Court of Appeal. He lectured law at Makerere University and chaired the Law Reporting Committee of the Judiciary in Uganda.

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