By Our Reporter
Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo has literally landed on things after President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni appointed him Chief Justice, to replace retired Justice Bart Katureebe, whose tenure ended early this year.
Among the first people to congratulate him was the Minister for Works and Transport Gen. Katumba Wamala, who tweeted thus; “I would like to congratulate Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo on the well-deserved appointment as Chief Justice of the Republic of Uganda.”
Meanwhile, Justice Richard Butera, who is the former head of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), was also appointed Deputy Chief Justice, a position Owiny-Dollo held prior to Justice Kakuru’s retirement.
We have learnt that President Museveni has since directed the Parliamentary Appointments Committee to vet the two candidates such that they can assumed their positions and start executing the duties incumbent upon them as soon as possible.
Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo is a Ugandan lawyer and judge. He served as the Acting Chief Justice of Uganda from 22 June 2020 and was a deputy Chief Justice from 30 September 2017.
He had been appointed to that position in August 2017, replacing Steven Kavuma, who attained the mandatory retirement age of 70 years on 29 September 2017.
He was born on 18 January 1956 in present-day Agago District. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University, and a Diploma in Legal Practice, from the Law Development Centre in Kampala, Uganda’s largest city and capital.
His Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution, was obtained from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. He also has a certificate in advanced conflict mediation skills, obtained from the Center for Conflict Resolution, in Cape Town, South Africa.