Ugandan Judge to Head Seychelles’ Anti-Corruption Commission

Justice Gaswaga (C) at a court in Bushenyi recently

Uganda’s High Court judge Duncan Gaswaga has been appointed to head a five member team of the Seychelles’ Anti-Corruption Commission, capsule ChimpReports has learnt.

According to a statement released by the Office of the President of the island country on Friday, sales the appointment follows recommendations from the Constitutional Appointments Authority to President   James Michel.

“In accordance with Sections 6 and 7 of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2016, the person appointed as Chairperson of the Anti-Corruption Commission is Justice Duncan Gaswaga,” said part of the statement seen by this website.

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The appointment is a big endorsement of the competence of Uganda’s judicial service.

Several Ugandan judges including former Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki have participated in building Seychelles’ judicial capacity.

“One of the first tasks of the Anti-Corruption Commission will be to recommend to the President, in accordance with Section 19 of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act, the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer who will be responsible for implementing the decisions of the Commission, and for the effective management of the affairs of the Commission,” said the statement.

According to the Seychelles’ president, the Anti-Corruption Commission will have powers to investigate, detect and prevent practices linked to corruption on top of receiving complaints and launching investigations into such practices in government departments.

The decision to create an Anti-Corruption Commission was announced by President Michel in his State of the Nation Address in February.

Justice Gaswaga served the Judiciary of Seychelles, initially as a Magistrate and later as a Supreme Court Judge, between 2002 and 2013.

He has been a High Court Judge in Uganda.

Gaswaga is remembered for handling the case of Jackie Uwera Nsenga whom she sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder for intentionally knocking dead  her husband and Kampala businessman Juvenile Nsenga in  2013 at their home in Bugolobi.


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