KAMPALA, UGANDA: The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has promoted ten grade one magistrate officers to the position of Senior Principal Chief Magistrate, which is one step below the rank of Chief Magistrate.
According to a press statement from the commission released on Friday last week, the appointed magistrates will serve in the acting capacity of the Senior Principal Magistrate Grade One for a year, before eventually getting confirmed in the position permanently.
“This recruitment is to fill positions in the expanded Judiciary structure that provides a career ladder between the position of Chief Magistrate and Magistrate Grade One, and whose goal is to improve access to justice to people,” the press statement issued by Ms. Maria Theresa Nabulya, the communications officer of JSC, read in part.
The promoted magistrates include;
- Timothy Lumunye
- Daniel Bwambale Busathiro
- Martins Kirya
- Irene Nambatya
- Nassozi Rehema Ssebbowa
- Abert Asiimwe
- Mukasa Sanyu
- Esther Nahirya
- Stella Okwong Paculal
- and Jane Tibagonzeka
The changes come exactly a week after the appointment of 35 new chief magistrates countrywide in another set of promotions at the judiciary.
Commenting on the new appointments, the Judiciary Public Relations Officer; Mr Jamson Karemani said: “This is going to help us to improve service delivery and the end beneficiaries will be the people we serve. We thank the commission for the timely appointments though more of these are still required.”
The commission recently announced that grade one magistrates will replace grade two magistrates all over the country in a move aimed at improving the administration of justice.
The Chief Justice, Alphonse Owiny Dollo last year said the Judiciary seeks to recruit at least 150 magistrates to ensure service is extended near reachable distance to the population.
To this he said, there will be a grade one magistrate per sub-county and this will ensure the distance that people have to move to seek for their services is reduced.