President Museveni was on Saturday the chief guest at a thanksgiving ceremony for the Deputy Chief Justice, Alphonse Owinyi Dollo, at Patongo Akwee Primary School grounds in Agago District.
Speaking to the hundreds, he said that as we celebrate the elevation of Judge Alphonse Owinyi Dollo. This elevation is the result of the new dispensation that came after 1986.
“When we came into leadership, our ambition was to make Uganda democratic through regular elections and make the ascension to leadership in public service founded on merit. Therefore, state leadership was to be through these elections (political) while technocratic leadership, should be through competition, ie interviews, exams…etc.” he stated.
He added that these people you see here (judicial officers), I did not know them myself, but the system brought them up. For instance, I first knew Dollo when he came to the Constituency Assembly and later Parliament, after you people elected him.
“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, they just send me names of qualified candidates to choose.” He added.