Uganda Fronts Justice Balungi for ICC Judge

Justice Solome Balungi

Uganda has nominated Justice Solome Balungi Bossa as its candidate for the post of judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) whose elections will be held in December 2017.

Justice Bossa’s name was submitted to the African Union Commission (AUC) for early consideration by President Yoweri Museveni to allow her adequate time to campaign.

Bossa was elected as the Judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in June 2014, page for a term of six years. She has over twenty-seven years of legal and judicial work experience at national, regional and international levels.

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She has served as Judge with the High Court of Uganda for sixteen years (1997-2013), the East African Court of Justice for five years (2001-2006), United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR) for nine and half years (2003-2013), and currently serves as Judge on the Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court for Uganda.

Museveni is currently in the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa for the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).

The summit is being held at the AU Headquarters under the theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth”

The Heads of State and Government during their two –day sessions will elect the AUC leadership including the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and that of the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Museveni arrives at Bole International Airport on Saturday evening

Museveni arrives at Bole International Airport on Saturday evening

Uganda is also fronting Dr. Warren Naamara, currently UNAIDS Resident Representative in Tanzania for the post of Commissioner Social Affairs at the AU.

Museveni who arrived in Ethiopia on Saturday evening was received at the Bole International Airport by the Ethiopian Minister of Cabinet Affairs H.E Alemayo Tegenu, Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s Ambassador to Addis Ababa Mull Katende and Uganda’s Defence Advisor Brig. Gen. Sam Kiwanuka among others.

On arrival, he shared a light moment with the President of Congo Brazzaville Denis Sassou Nguesso who had just flown in for the summit. He also met and had a chat with the President of Gabon Ali Bongo, who he congratulated upon his recent election victory.

Museveni shares a light moment with Gabonese President, Ali Bongo

Museveni shares a light moment with Gabonese President, Ali Bongo

Several leaders around the world have already arrived ahead of the summit on Monday including the Vice President of Cuba Salvador Mesa, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Other leaders include the President of the African Union and Chad, Idriss Deby, Niger’s Mahamadou Issoufou, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Seychelles President Danny Faure, Zambia President Edgar Lungu and Namibia President Hage Geingob.


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