The President of the Republic, Mr Danny Faure, witnessed the swearing-in of Justice Professor Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza, the new Justice of the Court of  Appeal of Seychelles,  during a swearing-in ceremony held at State House yesterday morning. 

Justice Professor Lillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza has been appointed as Justice of the Court of Appeal of Seychelles by President Faure upon recommendations made by the Constitutional Appointments Authority (CAA) pursuant with Article 123 of the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles. During the ceremony, the new Justice of Appeal took two oaths; The Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution and The Judicial Oath.

Justice Professor Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza holds a Ph.D in Law from the University of Copenhagen and was the first African woman to graduate with a Ph.D in Law.  She is a Justice of the Uganda Supreme Court, the highest court in the country. The Justice Professor joined the Judiciary in July 2013 as Justice of the Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court in Uganda, before her appointment in Seychelles. She is also a highly experienced legal scholar in judicial and legal matters.

The ceremony at State House was also attended by the Vice President, Mr Vincent Meriton, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Nicholas Prea, the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Francis Macgregor, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mathilda Twomey, the Attorney General, Mr Frank Ally, Honorable Judges, Members of the Constitutional Appointments Authority and other Distinguished Guests.

Meeting of CAA members with Mr. Christopher Oxtoby and Dr. Justice Alfred Mavedzenge of the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU)  of the University of Cape Town to discuss the set of principles and guidelines on judicial appointments known as "The Lilongwe Principles".

Justice Bernardin Renaud took his Oaths as the Chairperson of the Seychelles Human Rights Commission in the presence of the President of the Republic, Mr Danny Faure, during a swearing-in ceremony held at State House this morning. 

In March this year, four members including the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission were sworn-in. Honourable Justice Bernardin Renaud was appointed as the Chairperson Designate of the Commission since he was still serving as Justice of the Seychelles Court of Appeal. He took his retirement in May this year.

During the ceremony, Judge Bernadin Renaud took two oaths, the Oath of Allegiance and the Official Oath.

President Faure has appointed the Chairperson and Members of the Seychelles Human Rights Commission following consultation with the Speaker of the National Assembly and from candidates proposed by the Constitutional Appointments Authority as prescribed in Paragraph 5(1) of the Seychelles Human Rights Commission Act, 2018.

Judge Bernadin Renaud is one of the longest serving public officers, having joined the civil service in 1965. He served as Labour Commissioner from 1979 to 1985. He played a key role in the transition of Seychelles from a One Party State to a pluralistic system when he chaired the meetings of Constitutional Commission that laid out the foundations for the Constitution of the Third Republic, and was the Director of Elections for the Referendum that approved the Constitution, as well as for the first Presidential and National Assembly elections in 1993. Judge Renaud was sworn in as the first Ombudsman of the Republic of Seychelles in November 1993. He was elevated to Judge of the Supreme Court in January 2004 and then served as Justice of the Seychelles Court of Appeal from May 2017 until his retirement in May this year.

The other members of the commission are Mrs Michelle de Lacoudraye-Harter as the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission along with three Commissioners; Mrs Barbara Carolus-André, Ms Michelle Marguerite, and Mr Roger Toussaint.

Also present for the ceremony at State House was the Vice President, Mr Vincent Meriton, Designated Minister, Mrs Macsuzy Mondon, the Ombudsman, Mrs Nicole Tirant Gherardi, Secretary of State for Cabinet Affairs, Mr Mohammed Afif, members of the Constitutional Appointments Authority, and other distinguished guests.

The Chairperson of the Constitutional Appointments Authority, Mr Michel Felix, called on President Danny this morning to present him with the first ever Annual Report of the Constitutional Appointments Authority.  The Report covers the period 2017 to 2018, beginning with the appointments to the CAA following amendments to the Constitution of Seychelles in April 2017 which enlarged the membership of the CAA from three to five Members.

The Report includes statements relating to the CAA’s functions, structure, operational procedures, finances and activities, as well as a list of appointments made by the President on the recommendations of the CAA.

The President welcomed the report, and thanked the CAA for its initiative in documenting the work of the organisation, which played a crucial constitutional role in ensuring good governance.

The President of the Republic, Mr Danny Faure, witnessed the swearing in of Judge Prith Viraj Fekna who has been appointed as Justice of the Court of Appeal of Seychelles during a swearing-in ceremony held at State House this morning.

President Faure has appointed Judge Fekna upon recommendations made by the Constitutional Appointments Authority pursuant with Article 123 of the Constitution of the Republic of Seychelles. During the ceremony, Judge Fekna took two oaths; the Oath of Allegiance to the Constitution and the Judicial Oath.

Judge Fekna holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters in Laws in Legislative Drafting. He has held various posts in the Mauritian Judiciary including President of the Fair Rent Tribunal and President of the Industrial Court. Judge Fekna was also a part-time lecturer for the Institute of Judicial and Legal Studies of Mauritius. In 2011 he was elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court, until his appointment as Justice of Appeal.

Also present at State House for the ceremony, was the Vice President, Mr Vincent Mériton, the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Francis Macgregor, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Mathilda Twomey, the Attorney General, Mr Frank Ally, the Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly, Hon. Charles De Commarmond, Secretaries of State, Judges, Members of the Constitutional Appointments Authority and other distinguished guests.

Useful links

www.ecs.sc -  Electoral Commission 

www.oag.sc - Auditor General

www.seylii.org - Seylii

www.attorneygeneraloffice.gov.sc  - Attorney General Office

www.statehouse.gov.sc  - State House

www.sbc.sc - Seychelles Broadcasting corporation

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