Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo talks to reporters after the vetting process at Parliament on Friday.Photo by Kennedy Oryema
The newly appointed deputy Chief Justice, Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo, has said the judiciary cannot lead a lonely fight against corruption, calling for concerted effort from all key players.
“The judicially alone cannot fight corruption. It needs concerted efforts from the public, Executive and Parliament, civil society and the clergy,”Owiny-Dollo said, according to a source who attended the Parliament vetting committee on Friday.
The vetting by Parliament’s appointments committee approved Owiny-Dollo as new deputy Chief Justice replacing the retiring Stephen Kavuma, who is set to retire before the end of the month, after clocking the mandatory retirement age of 70 years.
The vetting committee also approved the two justices set to be elevated to the Supreme Court (Richard Buteera and Paul Mugamba).
The dual are waiting to be sworn in office by the appointing authority president Yoweri Museveni.
In an interview after the vetting exercise Owiny-Dollo rubbished reports that he will be working as an National Resistance Movement(NRM) cadre judge during the execution of his duties.
“I have never worked as an NRM cadre in my life, neither have I ever attended any NRM cadre courses at the National Leadership Institute – Kyankwanzi NALI),” he said.
Who is Owiny Dollo?
After more than two decades of private legal practice, Owiny-Dollo, 61, joined the bench in 2008 as a High Court judge after quitting elective politics following his loss to Prof. Morris Ogenga Latigo in a parliamentary race for the Agago County seat.
He has served as judge for the Court of Appeal, Constitutional Court resident judge in Fort Portal, the International Crimes Division of the High Court and the High Court execution and bailiffs division.
Owiny-Dollo famously handled the case against the masterminds of the 2002 terrorist bombings that targeted revelers watching the World Cup final at Kyadondo Rugby Grounds and Kabalagala in Kampala.