Ruhindi hands over Attorney General's Office
Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi yesterday handed over the office of the Attorney General to Hon. William Byaruhanga following the latter's appointment by his H.E the President in a new cabinet announced on June 6 2016. Hon. Ruhindi was appointed as attorney General last year in a cabinet reshuffle replacing Hon. Peter Nyombi.
During the handover ceremony held at the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs boardroom, the Ag. Solicitor General Ms Harriet Lwabi paid glowing tribute to Hon. Ruhindi who first joined the Ministry of Justice in the early 1980s as a young State Attorney . She described him as a people oriented person, an excellent team player and hard working legal professional. Ms Lwabi said that the Ministry of Justice was privileged to have had an excellent working relationship with the outgoing AG who has served in the ministry for a record 20 years in various capacities.
The Deputy Attorney General and Minister of State for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Mwesigwa Rukutana thanked Hon. Ruhindi for a well job done during his tenure. Hon. Rukutana described Hon. Ruhindi as not just a boss and but a colleague and applauded him for a stellar legacy of dedicated service in the Ministry of Justice that accomplished alot for the country.
Hon. Ruhindi in his remarks said he was privileged and honored to have served in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional with "the best team in the world" - in reference to staff at the Attorney General's chambers. He welcomed Hon. William Byaruhanga who he referred to as a "good friend and a "respectable colleague in the legal fraternity". He said he had no doubt Hon. Byaruhanga was up to the task of serving as Attorney General given his reputation as an astute lawyer and manager in private legal practice.
Hon. William Byaruhanga who described his appointment as a "surprise" said he viewed his new position as an opportunity to make his contribution to the country as the principal legal adviser to Government. He thanked Hon. Ruhindi for the smooth transition and said he would always call on his proven expertise, wisdom and institutional memory. Hon. Byaruhanga promised to start from where Hon. Ruhindi stopped in the quest for enhanced efficiency and effectiveness in the AG's chambers and close partnership with institutions in the Justice, Law and Order Sector.
RUHINDI: CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1981-1992: State Attorney
1992 - 1999: Corporation Secretary, Uganda Investment Authority
2001: Elected to Parliament representing Nakawa Division, Kampla District
2006-2015: Deputy Attorney General and Minister of State for Justice and Constitutional Affairs
2015 - 2016: Attorney General