The era of appointing friends is over – Museveni

At a thanksgiving ceremony for the Deputy Chief Justice Alfonse Chigamoi Owiny-Dollo at Patongo, Agago district, President Yoweri Museveni announced that he had stopped appointing friends to government jobs.

Museveni was chief guest as Justice Owiny-Dollo celebrated his appointment as the Judiciary’s number two, and used the event to tell the people of Northern Uganda to value education before they can think of getting government job placements.

President Yoweri Museveni welcomed to Patongo by the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Betty Aol Ocan.

“The days of appointing someone because you like him are gone, it is now either through election or merit. The appointment of judicial officers is done by the Judicial Service Commission, who conduct all the exams and interviews and just send me names of qualified candidates to choose,” Museveni said.

Museveni that he didn’t know many of the people working in government today but the system had made them raise through the ranks upto serving top offices in the country like that of the Deputy and Chief Justice of Uganda.

“Most judicial officers, I do not know them myself, but the system brings them up. For instance, I first knew Dollo when he came to the Constituency Assembly and later Parliament, after the people elected him,” Museveni said.

He asked people of the Northern Uganda to use the peace they enjoy now to fight poverty in the region.

“Kony disturbed this region for a very long time but the NRM government did it’s best to chase him away from here, so use this peace very well for development of Northern Uganda,” Museveni said

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah (2nd L) and Deputy Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo (2nd R) join traditional dancers

Owiny-Dollo thanked Museveni for appointing him as the Deputy Chief Justice, and promised to do his best to change the judiciary into a non corrupt performing arm of government.

The ceremony was attended by Deputy speaker Rt Hon Jacob Oulanya, Hon Moses Ali, members of Parliament, judicial officers among among others.