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Justice Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya: Pioneering Leadership in Uganda’s Judiciary

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  • Justice Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya, possessing a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Management from Uganda Management Institute, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, and a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University, has been elected as the first female president of the Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA).
  • Co Advocates in 1999, she subsequently served as a Magistrate Grade One from 2000 to 2004, rising to Senior Magistrate Grade One from 2004 to 2008, and ultimately assuming the role of Chief Magistrate in 2010.

Justice Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya, possessing a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Management from Uganda Management Institute, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, and a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University, has been elected as the first female president of the Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA). UJOA, which brings together all judges, saw Justice Kazaarwe elected unopposed, succeeding Justice Tadeo Asiimwe, who led the association for four years.

In her inaugural address, Justice Kazaarwe expressed her delight in assuming leadership of the esteemed association for the next two years. She emphasized the importance of uniting both judicial and non-judicial officers within the Judicial Service to foster accessible justice and bolster the rule of law in Uganda. Justice Kazaarwe pledged to collaborate with her executive team to advocate for the concerns of their members and enable them to serve the Ugandan populace effectively.

Her executive team comprises Ms. Daphine Ayebare as vice president, Mr. Conrad Oboi Oroya as general secretary, Ms. Praise Ahurira as deputy general secretary, Ms. Christine Turibamwe as treasurer, Ms. Lillian Mazimwe as deputy treasurer, Mr. Patrick Akoko Sinclair as publicity secretary, and Ms. Mallen Obizu as deputy publicity secretary. Justice Kazaarwe, a seasoned judicial officer, has amassed over 23 years of experience in the field. Beginning her career as a legal associate with Ruyondo & Co Advocates in 1999, she subsequently served as a Magistrate Grade One from 2000 to 2004, rising to Senior Magistrate Grade One from 2004 to 2008, and ultimately assuming the role of Chief Magistrate in 2010.

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