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Justice Kainamura and Justice Obura Honored

By Edgar Kuhimbisa | October 29, 2010

The Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs on Friday October 29 2010 organized a farewell party in honor of the recently appointed judges of the High Court – Hon. Justice Billy Kainamura and Hon. Justice Helen Obura both of whom served in the ministry prior to their appointment. The colorful occasion was held at Kabira Country Club and was graced by the Chief Justice of the republic of Uganda, His Lordship Justice B.J. Odoki. Justice Kainamura had served in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs for 33 years and was the Acting Solicitor General prior to his appointment having begun his career as early as 1977 in the Administrator General’s department. On her part, Justice Helen Obura was the Secretary to the Law Council and had served in the ministry for 17 years.

The event kicked off at 7.30 pm with entertainment from Quela Band – a Kampala-based live music group. In attendance was staff from the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and invited guests from all JLOS member institutions.

In her remarks, Justice Helen Obura acknowledged the role of the Rules Committee (which she served as a secretary) in her overall mentoring and humbly thanked the staff of the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs for their unwavering support as well as the Attorney General and the political heads for the great support rendered to the Law Council. She added that she was well aware of the “sweet” and “sour” parts of being a judge citing the huge number of cases she has already been assigned to by the Judiciary’s automated case allocation system.

Justice Billy Kainamura also appreciated the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs for organizing the function and for everyone’s support during his tenure at the ministry. “It has been an honor to serve and to be recognized”, he said. Justice Kainamura said that although he may have been given a new assignment in the Judiciary, he still belonged to the “Justice family” and encouraged everyone to look out for him.

Present also was the Deputy Attorney General and Minister of state for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi (MP) who represented the Attorney General and Minister of State for Justice and Constitutional Affairs. Hon. Ruhindi said Justice Kainamura and Justice Obura truly deserved their promotion because “they have all the hallmarks of a judge”.

His Lordship Justice B.J Odoki who was also the chief guest congratulated the newly appointed judges upon their elevation to the bench. He said he felt a sense of fulfillment and pride since Justice Kainamura and Justice Obura had previously served under him in various capacities – the former in the DPP’s department in the 1980’s and the latter in the Rules Committee which the learned judge chaired. Justice Odoki appreciated the ministry for being a training ground for Uganda’s Chief Justices such as Justice Wako Wambuzi who served in the First Parliamentary Counsel and Justice Masika who was in the Directorate of Public Prosecutions. He cautioned the newly appointed judges on complacency and challenged them to aspire for higher heights citing the Court of appeal as an example. Justice Odoki also advised on the need to trust God, trust in oneself and trust in others – what he referred to as the “Trinity of Trust” as a prerequisite for success.