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Judiciary | Alfonse Owiny Dollo – New Chief Justice of Uganda & Justice Richard Butera Appointed Deputy CJ.

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Posted August 20, 2020 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Uganda Judiciary ~ 697 views

     

Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo is a Ugandan lawyer and judge who has been appointed the new Chief Justice of the Republic of Uganda replacing Chief Justice Bart Katureebe who stepped down after clocking the mandatory retirement age. Justice Owiny Dollo was appointed deputy Chief Justice in August 2017 replacing Justice Steven Kavuma, who attained the mandatory retirement age of 70 years in September 2017.

Background and education
. 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. His Master of Arts 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.

Career
– In 1988, Owiny-Dollo served as legal counsel in the peace talks between the then rebel outfit, Uganda People’s Democratic Movement (UPDM), and the government of Uganda. In that capacity, he wrote the peace agreement executed between the government and UPDM, on 3rd June 1988, at Pece Stadium, in Gulu.

From 1994 until 1996, he was a member of the Constituent Assembly that drafted the 1995 Uganda Constitution. He also served as a member of parliament, representing Agago County in the 6th Parliament (1996–2001). During the talks between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the National Resistance Movement government of Uganda, from 2006 until 2008, Owiny-Dollo served as legal counsel to Reik Machar, the Vice President of South Sudan, who mediated the talks. In 2008, he was appointed to the High Court of Uganda, serving in that capacity until 2015.

In 2015, Owiny-Dollo, was promoted to the Court of Appeal. However, he couldn’t immediately take up his appointment because he was hearing a terrorism case in the High Court, in which 13 men were accused of killing 76 people in twin bombings in Kampala in 2010. He disposed of that case in May 2016.

In August 2017, the president of Uganda, appointed Owiny-Dollo, the Deputy Chief Justice and under Ugandan law, the head of Uganda’s Court of Appeal and Uganda’s Constitutional Court.


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