Staff

Yufnalis. N. Okubo: Registrar, East African Court of Justice

Untitled1Born in 1962. Holds the Degrees of LLB (University of Nairobi Faculty of Law), LLM (University of Nairobi Faculty of Law) also a graduate of Business Administration (Moi University, Kenya).

Currently: Registrar of the East African Court of Justice.

Previously: For the last 9 years he has been the Legal Counsel to the Intergovernmental Authority for Development(IGAD) a Regional Economic Community where he was in charge of the legal division and institutional affairs. He also practiced law in Kenya and dealt with high profile cases in both civil and criminal practice. He brings to the Court a wide experience both in law and administration.

Appointed Registrar of the EACJ on 29 th February 2016

 

Geraldine Umugwaneza: Deputy Registrar, East African Court of Justice

Deputy Registrar- Geraldine UmugwanezaBorn December 1973. Holds the Degrees of LLB (National University of Rwanda), LLM (Harvard Law School, USA), MC/MPA (The J.F. Kennedy School of Government, USA).

Currently: Deputy Registrar of the East African Court of Justice.

Previously: served as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Rwanda May 2002-December 2003 (before the Judicial Reform), Technical Counselor to the Department of Gacaca Courts in the Supreme Court (January 2001-August 2004), Head of the Legal Department and spokesperson for the Association of the Widows of Genocide November 1999-December 2000.

Appointed Deputy Registrar of the EACJ in 2008 by the EAC council of Ministers

Ms. Miria Atuhe: Security Officer

Miria AtuheBorn Jan 1978. Holds a Masters Degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies [MAIRDS], a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences [International Relations and Social Administration] both from Makerere University Kampala, an Advanced Level Certificate & Ordinary Level Certificate from Maryhill High School Mbarara, Uganda.

Other Courses Attended:Tactical Support Team training [VIP Protection Course] ACADEMI, in Moyork, NC, USA, Critical Incident Management and Instructor Development Courses facilitated by the USA State Department [ATA] , Political Education and Leadership Development Course –National Leadeship Institute Kyankwanzi,

Cadet Assistant Superintendent Course – Uganda Police Training School Kibuli 

Currently: Security Officer East African Court of Justice

Previously: Served as the Staff Officer, VIP Protection Unit of the Uganda Police Force, Supervisor Security Courts of Judicature[Uganda], Divisional Police Commander[DPC]Entebbe, OC Police Mukono Station, OC Police Wakiso Station

Appointed Security Officer of the EACJ effective 1st Jan 2014 by the EAC Council of Ministers.

Mr. Alain O. Nsengiyumva: Personal Assistant to the President of the East African Court of Justice

AlainHolds a Master in Law (National University of Rwanda) and a Master in Business administration (Mount Meru University-Tanzania).
Currently, works with East African Court of Justice as Personal Assistant to the President of the East African Court of Justice.
Previously: - Managing Partner, Amani Law Chambers
- UN Staff at United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda- Court Management Section
- Special Assistant to the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Republic of Rwanda-cum- Head of Criminal Records Department
- Legal and Program Officer in Charge of Training of Justice sector (Judiciary, Prosecution and Judicial Police Officers) – RCN Justice & Democratie

Mr. Alain O. Nsengiyumva is also an Advocate of the High Court of Rwanda.

Appointed Personal Assistant to the President of the East African Court of Justice in June, 2015

Mr. Arnaud Gahimbare: Network Administrator

Arnaud1Born in July 1984. Holds a Bachelor of Science’s degree in Information Technology Hons. (Uganda Christian University, Mukono Campus). Holds several professional certificates such as: Certificate of completion in Basic Fiber Optic Design, Implementation and maintenance by United Nations in Burundi; Certificate of completion in VMware View: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] by VMware in Valencia, Spain; Certificate in the English Language Proficiency Examination by the United Nations Secretariat Language and Communications Program, Bujumbura-Burundi; Certificate of completion in CCNA Discovery, Kampala, Uganda; as well as professional training sessions in Python programming Language and currently doing training in Emerging Technologies: from Smartphones to IoT to Big data from Yonsei University, Seoul-Korea.
Currently, works with East African Court of Justice as Network Administrator.
Previously: worked with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) (January, 2014 -May, 2015) as Lotus Notes Administrator; worked with the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB) (July, 2011 - January, 2014) in different capacities such as: IT Technician and Lotus Notes Administrator; worked with the Integrated United Nations Mission for Burundi (BINUB) (February, 2010-June, 2011) as Helpdesk technician; worked with Concern Worldwide Burundi (October, 2009- February, 2010) as Country IT Liaison Officer; worked with VasTech Uganda Ltd (November, 2007 - May, 2009) in different capacities such as: Computer Applications programmer and Acting Head of Systems and Innovations department; worked with Pastel Business Solutions Uganda Ltd (June, 2007-October, 2007) as Pupil Computer Applications Programmer;

Appointed Network Administrator of the EACJ in June, 2015

Ms. Charlotte Arinda Warugaba Court Recorder/Transcriber

Born 1st June, 1982. Holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems (Bugema University), Diploma in Business Information Technology (Bugema University), on-going Post Graduate Studies (MBA) of Uganda Management Institute (UMI-Kampala), Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education & Uganda Certificate of Education of Maryhill High School, Certificate in Office Management & Administration of Judicial Studies Institute of the Republic of Uganda and a Certificate in Transcribing of E-Planet Limited, Accra, Ghana. Currently:Court Recorder/Transcriber, East African Court of Justice. Previously: Employed by the Judiciary of the Republic of Uganda in various offices: - Transcriber attached to the Chambers of the Hon. Principal Judge of the Republic of Uganda (Dec 2011 – Oct 2015);Transcriber attached to the Head of the Anti Corruption Division of the High Court of Uganda (Mar 2010 – Nov 2011); Transcriber attached to the Head of the Family Division of the High Court of Uganda (Aug 2008 – Feb 2010); Pioneered Transcribing at the High Court of Uganda attached to the Deputy Head of the Commercial Court Division (Aug 2007 – July 2008)

Appointed Court Recorder of the EACJ in August 2015 by the EAC Council of Ministers

Ms. Joyce L. Metili Accounts Assistant

Untitled4Born in February 1972. Holds Masters’ degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Eastern & Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), Arusha Headquarters. Holds an Advanced Diploma in Accounting from the Institute of Finance Management (IFM), Tanzania, and a Certificate in Computer Operations and Applications from Micro wide Systems (E.A) Ltd.  Previously, she worked as an Assistant Accountant at Tourism Promotion Services (T) Ltd (1998-2000); she also worked as a Financial Accountant with the General Tyre E.A Limited (2000-2007). Ms. Metili has more than ten years experience in accounting and is a member of National Board of Accountants and Auditors (NBAA).

Appointed Accounts Assistant of the EACJ from July 2007

Ms. Margareth Kirchheiner Personal Secretary to the Registrar

Untitled7Born in October 1960, holds a Diploma in Secretarial Studies at Commercial Institute in Dar-es-Salaam, a Certificate of GSCE in Ordinary Level, at Jangwani Girls’ High School in Dar-es-Salaam ).  currently, a Personal Secretary in the Chambers of the Registrar of the East African Court of Justice, previously she served as, a Personal Secretary of various Organizations as follows;  to the Project Manager at EAC-Digital Transmission Project ( 1998 to 2001), to ALUCO Division Manager, Aluminium Africa Ltd in Dar-es-Salaam (1978 – 1980), to the Project & Programmes Officer at YMCA Headquarters in Moshi, (1983 – 1987), to the Secretary General at International Cooperative Alliance in Moshi (1987 – 1989),  to the Information Technology Manager at ESAM (1989 – 1991), at SADCC/CIAT Bean Project in Arusha (1991) and she was a Project Secretary at GTZ/TCA in Arusha. (1994-1996), she also served as Personal Secretary at Singida/Arusha Power Line Project with Danish Rural Electrical Company/Tanesco in Arusha (1996 – 1997)

Appointed Personal Secretary of the EACJ in January 2001 

Mrs. Florence Kamau, Personal Secretary/ Administration

DSC_7513Born: 6th June, 1968 & a holder of Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA),Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI); a Degree in Bachelor of Business Management, Moi University, Kenya; a Higher Diploma in Business Technical Education Programme (TEP); Government Training Institute, Mombasa, Kenya; a Diploma in Management & Secretarial Studies, Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI), Arusha, Tanzania; Certificate in Management and Administration, (ESAMI), Certificate in Personnel Management, Rolima Commercial College, Nairobi, Kenya, Certificate in Senior Management Course Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) Nairobi, Kenya; IT and Communication for Executive Assistants Programme, (ESAMI) Mombasa, Kenya & Certificates (Single & Group) in Secretarial Studies, National Youth Service Secretarial College (NYS), Nairobi

Currently:  Personal Secretary, Administration Department, East African Court of Justice

Previously: Served in the Ministries of East African Community, (March, 2007 to Dec. 2009); Regional Development (July, 2004 – Jan 2007);  Office of the Vice President and Ministry of Home Affairs, (May – July, 2004); Office of the President, (Dec.2001 – March, 2003); Finance & Planning, (Sept.1999 – Dec. 2001); Planning and National Development, (Sept 1993 – Sept 1999); Ministry of Manpower Development (July 1991 – Sept1993). –All in Nairobi, Kenya.

Joined EACJ on 1st December, 2009

Ms. Hellen Tumanye Shwanda Personal Secretary to the Judges

Untitled6Born November 1963. Holds a Master of Science in Governance and Leadership of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Bachelor's Degree in Secretarial Studies (Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, a Certificate in Public Administration and Management (Makerere University) and several Management Certificates from the Uganda Management Institute (UMI) Kampala.

Currently, she is a Personal Secretary to the Judges of the East African Court of Justice.

Previously she served at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Project in the Ministry of Industry and Technology, Kampala (1988-1989). She worked in various Departments of the Parliament of Uganda : Official Report as a Transcriber  (1992 – 2000);  head of Transcribing Section (2001 – 2004), Personal Secretary to the Director of Finance and Administration (2005 -2008);  Personal Secretary to the Director of Parliamentary Budget Office (2008 – 2009); appointed as Champion of the Change Process for the Customer Service Improvement Project of the Parliamentary Service Secretaries for formulation of the Code of Conduct of Secretaries  (2008); and served as an HIV/AIDS Peer Counselor  of  the Staff (2009).

Received a Meritorious Award in recognition and appreciation of her dedicated service to the Public Service and Parliamentary Service of Uganda (2010)

Appointed Personal Secretary of the EACJ in December, 2009 

Mr. Boniface Namuru Ogoti Court Clerk

Untitled9Born October 1970. Holds Diploma in Law (Kenya School of Professional Studies), Professional Diploma in Law (Institute of Legal Executives, United Kingdom), Enrolled as an Associate of the Institute of Legal Executives (UK) (2009). Currently, Court Clerk cum Interpreter East African Court of Justice.  Previously worked as Senior Court Clerk Magina & Company Advocates (1989 – 1992), Senior Legal Clerk Samba & Company Advocates (1992 – 1997), Head of Court Clerks Department Mohammed & Muigai Advocates (1997-2002).

Appointed Court Clerk of the EACJ November 2002 

Mr. Michael Mkala Court Clerk

Untitled10Born April 1975. Holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B), a Diploma in Law and a Public Relations certificate. Previously worked in various organizations and Judicial institutions including: - American Life Insurance Company (1997), The High Court of Kenya (1997-2000), Court of Appeal of Kenya (2000-2009). Seconded and served in various Commissions and Tribunals including: Tribunal to Investigate Judges of Court of Appeal (2004-2009) and Tribunal to review terms and conditions of service for Members and Employees of the National Assembly (2009).

Appointed to the East African Court of Justice in December 2009.

Mr. Fikirini Juma Court Clerk

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Born September 1980. Holds an LLB (University Dar Es Salaam), Currently Court clerk at the East African court of justice. Previously worked at Airtel Tanzania Limited and Tigo MIC Tanzania Limited in different capabilities.

Appointed Court Clerk of EACJ in December 2009

 

Ms. Gibolo Petronila, Court Clerk/Interpreter

Untitled11Born July 1973. Holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building (Kampala International University (KIU)), 2011- 2015; Diploma in Law from Law Development Centre (LDC) 1998-1999; Diploma in Education (Secondary education) majoring in Political Education and Religious Education from National Teachers` College Muni, Arua District Uganda 1994-1997; Advanced Certificate of Education, Warr Girls S.S.S. 1993-1995; Ordinary Level Certificate from Pakwach Senior Secondary School, 1989-1992.

Currently; Works with the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) as the Court Clerk/ Interpreter; Previously worked as Process Server Courts of Judicature, Kampala, from 2000 to part of 2006; Immigration Assistant with Ministry of Internal Affairs, Immigration Department, Legal and Investigations Office-2006 to part of 2007; Civic Educator-Uganda Electoral Commission 1993-1996; Teaching in ordinary and Advance level classes at Pakwach Secondary School 1997.

Trainings: HIV/AIDS and other related (STDS, STI) infectious diseases (TASO); Sickle Cell disease training, (identification of patients) 1997; Guidance and counseling Training (victims of rape and domestic violence) 1997; Anti-Human Trafficking Training, UNHCR 2006; Community Service training Ministry of Internal Affairs/Directorate of Public Prosecution 2007; Computer training in Electronic Record Management Esami Arusha ,2009; Team Building, Peak Performance (NAIROBI) 2009;Team building , 2011 Pursuing a year three certificate in French from Alliance Frances, Arusha. Training in Electronic Records Management Global Management Centre (July 2011)

Before that short term /temporary teaching in ordinary and Advance level classes at Pakwach Secondary School 1997.

She was appointed to EACJ as a Court Clerk/ Interpreter June 2007- to date

Mr. Jean Berchmans: Court Clerk (Bujumbura)

Untitled16Born September 1974 in Busiga , Ngozi province of the Republic of Burundi. Holds a Bachelors degree of Arts in Law, (University of Burundi) (2006). He attended primary school in Ecole Primaire de Kagozi in Mwumba commune (1989), secondary school at Lycée of Buye in Ngozi Province (1998). Joined the Army in the compulsory military service for 2 years during the civil war in Burundi. Currently a court clerk in the Burundi sub-registry of the East African Court of Justice. Previously respectively served in the United Nations Integrated Office in Burundi March 2009-October 2011 and in the Burundian Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports November 2003 -August 2004, March, Judiciary as Prosecutor Clerk at Bujumbura prosecutor' office (2008-March. 2009),  undergone several trainings in law, human Rights and HIV, International Humanitarian law and the law of armed conflict, the special need for women and children in armed conflict and security. He is married and a father of 4 children, among them two twins of 2 years and 8 months.

Appointed Court Clerk of the EACJ Bujumbura sub-registry in April 2012 

Marthlida Achieng Ochieng: Court Clerk (Nairobi)

kenya Born in March, 1977. Holds the degree of BSc. Information Sciences (Moi University), diploma in Archives and Records Management (Kenya Polytechnic University), and certificate in law (Kenya School of Law). Currently Court Clerk of the East African Court of Justice, Nairobi Sub-Registry and pursuing MPHIL Records and Archives Management (Moi University). Previously, served as clerical officer, higher clerical officer, senior clerical officer and archivist High Court of Kenya Civil Division.(Sept 1997-Aug 2011)Registry Assistant, East African Community(Sept 2011-March 2012), Consultant Knowledge, Records and Archives Management (Part Time) and Board Member Matera Secondary School. Appointed Court Clerk of the EACJ Nairobi Sub-Registry in April, 2012

Mr. Germain Rusingiza Court Clerk (Kigali)

Untitled13Born January 1976. Holds a Bachelors degree of Arts in Law (BA Law) from Kigali Independent University (2004). Currently, a Court Clerk of the East African Court of Justice. Previously he served as a Registrar in charge of civil registry: (administrative, social, civil and commercial cases) to the Supreme Court, worked as Inspector of Judicial police in the Ministry of Justice of Rwanda (1997- 2000). He trained   Inspector’s of judicial police courses June- October 1997.

Appointed Court Clerk sub-registry Kigali of the EACJ April 2012

Mr. Mennas Donald Mafwere: Court Clerk (Dar Es Salaam)

Untitled15Born March 1969. Holds a Diploma of Law (Institute of Judicial Administration Lushoto), certificate of Law (University of Dar Es Salaam) and a first year student of LLB University of Tumaini Dar Es Salaam College, Currently, Court Clerk of the East African Court of Justice. Previously served as Teacher Kagunguri Sec. School, Ukerewe (August, 1993-July 1995), Police Officer Tanzania police force, Nzega Police station (1995-1997), Auxilliary Police Officer Kahama Mining- Bulyanhuru Gold Mine Shinyanga (1997-1999), Security Officer DSM Gymkhana club (1999-1995), Court Clerk and Registry Officer District Court and Court of Appeal of Tanzania (October 1995-March 2012).

Appointed Court Clerk of the EACJ sub-registry Dar es Salaam in April 2012

Mr. Tweny Simon: Court Clerk (Kampala)

Untitled14Born March 1975.Holds Bachelors Degree of Development Studies ( Gulu University); MPA (Isamic University in Uganda); Diploma in Law (Law Development Centre Kampala); Certificate in Computer Application (Compad Computer Services, Lira ,Uganda); Certificate in English Language Proficiency (Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda). Previously served as Acting Office Supervisor Court of Appeal of Uganda (September 2011-March 2012),Member and Secretary of Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS), Mpigi District Coordination Committee (2009- 2011),Member of Community Service Program, Mpigi District Community Service Committee (2009-March 2012), Court Clerk Mpigi Chief Magistrate's Court (Jan 2009-September 2011),Court Clerk Chief Magistrate's Court Gulu (2002-2008),Estates Officer Gulu High Court and Chief Magisrate's Court (March 2007-Jan 2009),Officer in Charge Criminal Registry Chief Magistrate's Court Gulu(2005-2007), Officer in Charge Civil Registry (2002-2005) Chief Magisrate's Court Gulu.

Appointed Court Clerk of the EACJ (Sub-Registry Kampala) in April 2012

Mr. Abdul A. Mdoe: Hardware Technician

Untitled19Born July 1972 holds an ordinary level certificate from Karatu secondary school and a certificate in Computer hardware from Dar es Salaam Technical College.  Currently Hardware technician of the East African Court of Justice, previously worked as a hardware technician in Dar Es Salaam Technical College 1996 and Electrical, Global Management Centre Uganda IT Support and Help desk Program (15 November 2010), Africa National Congress (Mazimbu Refugees Camp (SOMAFCO) Morogoro Tanzania 1989, Electrical NHC Arusha Conference Technician AICC, And 6th February 2002 Temporary Employment 21st October 2009 East African Community. 22nd February 2000 awarded a Certificate of appreciation for outstanding support during the Burundi peace Negotiation Video Conferencing of the President of the United States February 2000 Arusha -Tanzania.

Appointed Hardware, electrical Technician & Court Audio recorder, Electrical of the East African Court Of Justice 1st  in November 2009 

Mr. Francis Jeromy Komakech, Process Server

Untitled5Born May 1978, holds a Certificate of Process Server (High Court of Uganda), Diploma Legal Studies (KIOL-Nairobi), Diploma Stores Management & Stock Control (Cambridge International College, United Kingdom), Student BBA (Cambridge International College, United Kingdom), Electronic Records Management System’s Certificate (Independent Financial & Management Centre-Kampala). Office Management/ Records Management Certificate stage Ι and ΙΙ (National Institute of Productivity, Dar- Es- Salaam)

Appointed Process server of the EACJ November 2002 and Ag. Stores Assistant 2005 

Mrs. Nina Sokoine, Research Assistant

Nina Sokoine Research AssistantBorn August 1978. Holds Masters Degree in Law (LL.M) from the University of Dar-es-salaam with specialization in EAC Laws, Human Rights and Constitutional Law (2012-2013), Post Graduate Certificate in International Trade and Development from TRAPCA- ESAMI Arusha Campus (Jan-Nov 2011), holds Bachelor Degree in Law (LL.B) from Tumaini University Makumira (2007-2010) and Diploma in Development Studies from MS-TCDC Arusha (2001-2002).

Currently: Research Assistant of the East African Court of Justice

Previously: Served as a Project Manager MWEDO (2000-2001), Assistant Coordinator Women In Development/Gender and Development Program (WID/GAD) at the Diocese of Mahenge-Morogoro (2003-2004), Assistant Coordinator WID/GAD Program at Arusha Archdiocesan Integrated Development and Relief Office (AAIDRO) (2005-2007), Legal Intern at the EACJ (September 2010-February 2011) and Project Assistant STANBIC Bank Arusha Branch (June to September 2012).

Joined EACJ in September 2013

Ms. Annah Nabaasa: Public Relations Assistant

Untitled18Born August 1986. Holds a Bachelor’s degree of Bachelor of Arts (Communication Skills & Organizational Studies), (BA) Hons (Makarere University, Kampala- Uganda), and currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Executive Business Administration (MBA) at Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute (ESAMI) Arusha- Tanzania Headquarters). Holds a postgraduate Certificate of Peace and Conflict in Africa at Nyerere Centre for Peace Research, Arusha, (Arcadia University USA and East African Community). (February - May 2011). Currently, works with East African Court of Justice as Public Relations Assistant. Previously, worked with Uganda Media Centre, as a Public Affairs Assistant (writer) (January 2010- February 2011). Held several Leadership responsibilities of different Associations while at the University; Chairperson Makerere University Rushenyi Students’ Associations (MURUSA), Speaker Makerere University Organizational Studies Students’ Association/ (MUOSSA) and Deputy Chairperson Faculty of Arts Fellowship  same period, (April 2009- April 2010), Chairperson Scripture Union during High School Rwentobo - Ntungamo (July 2001 – June 2003).

Joined EACJ in September 2011

Mr. Majura Mgeta: Office Attendant

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Born October 1980, currently an Office Attendant at the East African Court of Justice previously served as Cleaner ARESCO, Porter with GMT Tour Guide to Mount Kilimanjaro, Attended Driving School at Azania. Usher Serving East African Community Council of Ministers Meetings (2004), Usher at East African Legislative Assembly serving plenary session (2007), Plot Assistant EAC (2008), Promoted as Production Assistant EAC Customs Union from Plot Assistant.

Appointed Office Attendant of the EACJ May 2009

Mr. Joseph Sigei: Driver to the Judge President

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Born April 1963. Previously Served in the Kenya Police (General Service Unit), 1985 - 1995; Driver & Private Security to Hon. Ministers for Public Works,
Office of the President and EAC Ministry, (1995 to 2007); Driver to the to DSG/FA, East African Community,(2007 to 2013).

Currently: Driver to the Hon. Judge President, East African Court of Justice, (2014 to date).

Joined EAC on September 2005

Mr. Obed Harun Mapessa: V.I.P. Driver East African Court of Justice

Untitled22Born September 1960. Holds Ordinary Level Certificate (Enaboishu Secondary Arusha) 1972. Acquired Trainings in mechanical Foreman Course (Institute Ministry of works Morogoro) 1981, previously worked as a driver with Community Development Training Institute Tengeru Arusha (1988-1989). F.A.O (UNDP) Seed production-Hot culture Tengeru Arusha (1990-1993). Has successfully completed a course in Advanced Driving at National Institute of Transport Dar-Es-salam Jun –Aug 2003. Accidents Prevention Course-stg.11 in Morogoro May-June 20011. He also worked as a driver with GTZ at EAC Secretariat Arusha.

Currently, a driver of the East African Court of Justice (Registrar)

Appointed Driver of the EACJ in April 2001