President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has appointed Oscar Kihika the National Resistance Movement Director for Legal Services as a Justice of the Court of Appeal.
In a Press Statement issued on Wednesday, the Presidential Press Secretary Sandor Walusimbi says that the names of Kihika and the three others who are being elevated to the Supreme Court by the President have been forwarded to Parliament for vetting.
Those who have been elevated to the Supreme Court from the Court of Appeal are Justice Christopher Izama Madrama, Stephen Musota and Lady Justice Elizabeth Musoke.
“The Presidential Press Unit PPU wishes to inform the general public that His Excellency the President has made appointments of new Judge, the names have been forwarded to the Speaker of Parliament for vetting purposes,” reads the statement in part.
Museveni in the Appointment letter dated October 31st 2022 to the Speaker of Parliament Anita Among, says that he has done the appointments while exercising the powers vested in him in the Constitution as well as Acting on the advice of the Judicial Service Commission, the statutory body in charge of recruiting and regulating the conduct of judicial officers in the country.
The appointments of the three Justices to the Supreme Court now brings the total number of Justices there to 11.
Who is Oscar Kihika the New Appointee?
Kihika is a former President of the Uganda Law Society a post he held for two consecutive terms and has a diverse legal experience of more than 20 years.
He is currently the Managing Partner at Byenkya and Kihika Company Advocates besides being the Director of Legal Affairs of the ruling NRM political party, where for many terms, he has ably defended the political/election victory of President Museveni the Chairman of the party as well as his political decisions and those of the party.
Kihika is a dynamic lawyer with extensive experience in handling any commercial matter be it dispute resolution, litigation, product liability, mergers, acquisitions, and joint venture transactions.