Kagame swears-in newly appointed Courts’ Presidents, Supreme Court Judge

On 14 May 2021 at 02:21

President Kagame has officiated the swearing-in of newly appointed members of the judiciary including Judge of the Supreme Court, Dr. Aimé Muyoboke Kalimunda; President of Court of Appeal, François Régis Rukundakuvuga and President of Commercial High Court, Clotilde Mukamurera.

They were appointed on 21st April 2021.

Rukundakuvuga replaced Dr. Kalimunda as president of the Court of appeal while Mukamurera replaced Emanuel Kamere at the head of Commercial High Court.

Mukamurera also served as a member of the High Council of the Judiciary from 2008 to 2015. Rukundakuvuga worked as a commissioner at the Rwanda law reform commission in 2018. In 2019, he was appointed judge at the Supreme Court.

Addressing his remarks, Kagame urged them to ensure that justice system supports growth of a culture of playing by the rules.

“Members of the judiciary should be the first to play by the rules for Rwandans to feel comfortable that they have a justice system in which they can place their trust and continue with their daily lives,” he said.

Kagame also reminded them to deliver on expectation, uproot corruption, build on existing achievements to do more and consolidate gains.

“If the public, whatever size of it, perceives the judiciary or another justice institution as corrupt, inefficient, ineffective or influence able we are all safer assuming that the perception is founded, work to find out why it exists and what needs to be done,” he said.

Among others, Kagame stressed that the upcoming initiatives around promotion of mediation should be expedited ‘as they present a real alternative to litigation that practically places disputants at the centre of the resolution of their own dispute, and does so faster’.

He told sworn-in members of the judiciary that Rwandan society and economy have grown in size, dynamism and expectations and requested them to support the growth.

“The justice system needs to keep watching this evolution and to continually play its rightful role in support of this growth,” noted Kagame.

President Paul Kagame in a group photo with newly sworn-in members of the judiciary.