Kigali, 13 September 2018
Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente on Thursday, officiated the swearing in ceremony of three Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) Military Judges. During the ceremony he urged the new judges to strive for quick delivery of justice.
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Asimwe Madudu was sworn in as Vice President of the Military High Court while Lieutenant Colonel Augustin Ngabo and Major Charles Sumanyi, were sworn in as the Military High Court judges.
In his remarks during the event held at the PM’s office in Kimihurura, Ngirente called for continuous commitment to serve the country, protect the rights of the humankind and the general interests of the people.
“Therefore, you have the obligation to fulfil and respect your promises as new judges,” he said.
He further urged them to carry out their responsibilities diligently and protect the sovereignty of the state.
“Professionalism, ethics, transparency and integrity should always be your primary focus. Embrace technology to speed up your proceedings and desist corruption,” he added.
Judge Lt Col Charles Asimwe Madudu, the Vice President of the Military High Court, said he is ready to dispense justice in a quick and fair manner so that military cases are not delayed.
“Quick service delivery is very crucial and important in military justice,” he said.
The judges of the Military High Court were approved by the extraordinary cabinet meeting held on July 11, 2018. Military Courtsare part of the Military Justice System that comprises of the Military Tribunal, which tries all offenses committed by military personnel irrespective of their rank and Military High Court that tries all offences which constitute a threat to national security and murder committed by soldiers irrespective of rank.
The Military High Court is an appellate court in respect of decisions rendered by the Military Tribunal.