President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has appointed former Chief Justice Bart Katureebe as the new Chancellor for Uganda Management Institute. (UMI).
Katureebe will replace Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire who was the second titular head of the Institution, having been appointed in that capacity in 2013.
According to the Instrument dated June 6th 2021, Katureebe has been given a contract for a period of four years.
“In exercise of the powers conferred upon me by section 30(1) of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 as amended, I, Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Kaguta Museveni do here by appoint Justice Bart M. Katureebe Chancellor of Uganda Management Institute,” reads the Instrument of Appointment.
In December 2020, Katureebe who had retired from the Judiciary earlier in June after clocking the mandatory retirement age of 70 for the Ugandan Supreme Court Judges was hired for another four years as a Candidate Member of the International Commercial Expert Committee of the Supreme People’s Court of China.
The committee that was established about three years ago is meant to ensure fair and the effective operation of the China International Commercial Court an organ of the Supreme People’s Court established to adjudicate international commercial disputes.
It is mandated with mediating international commercial disputes upon designation by the parties, providing expert opinion on applicable foreign laws and international conventions if entrusted by CICC and giving advice on the future development of the commercial Court.
But Katureebe who had previously on many occasions said he was to retire to look after his goats took over the job and the contract expires on December 8th 2024.
Katureebe’s successor Alfonse Owiny Dollo has always expressed criticism on how unfair it is for the government to allow their Supreme Court Judges to retire at the age of 70 years and then the retired judges are appointed to serve in similar capacities in other countries.
Uganda has seen some of its top judicial officials leave to serve outside Uganda. Among them is Justice Egonda-Ntende who served as Chief Justice of Seychelles and Justice Duncan Gaswaga, who sat on the Supreme Court of Seychelles.