Justice Catherine Bamugemereire was born in Bubulo, in the then Mbale District, but today is Manafwa District, in the 1970s. She attended Nabumali High School for her secondary education. Catherrine holds a Bachelor of Laws, awarded in 1992 by Makerere University, in Kampala, the capital and largest in the county.
She also holds a Diploma in Legal Practice, awarded by the Law Development Centre, also in Kampala. Her Master of Laws in Comparative Law and International Law, was obtained from Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas, United States, in 2003.
Bamugemereire first worked in 1993, as a State Attorney in the Uganda Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, based in the town of Arua, Arua District, in the West Nile sub-region. Later, she was appointed as a Grade One Magistrate. She rose through the ranks to the rank of Chief Magistrate of “the White Collar Criminal Court in Uganda in the 1990s”.
In 2001, she took leave from the bench and became a legal adviser to Shell Mexico LPG in Mexico City. After that she studied for her master’s degree in the United States. In 2003, she relocated to the United Kingdom and worked as Associate Lecturer at the University of Surrey, for seven years.
George Bamugemereire is the deputy inspector general of government and the husband to Justice Catherine Bamugemereire. He is the fourth child of the family of ten, son of the late Zadock and Joyce Wabulembo. They come from a little village called Ivukula. We people of Ivukula are very proud of that village; it’s located in Namutumba district in the eastern part of the country.
His parents were both teachers and we grew up under the strong influence of their father, whose life was guided by three main principles and those define who Bamugemereire is today. The first was; his father believed that his children should have a form of faith. He called it religion in his time, but looking back, I think what he really meant is that he wanted his children to have the fear of God.
Together as a couple, they have two children. These got married on 19th September 1992 at St Francis Chapel. George says that he saw a partner, somebody with whom he could start a family, someone who had the other three principles that shaped his upbringing from home. “So we started talking. We also realised in this notes exchange that we could make a professional partnership, which it turned out to be” – says George Bamugemereire.
In 2010, the Ugandan Judiciary appointed her a Judge in the High Court, to work in the Anti-Corruption and Family Divisions of the Court. She conducts civil and criminal court assignments throughout Uganda. She is an expert on corruption, and has spoken widely and written extensively about the subject. In 2015, she was appointed to Uganda’s Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court, where she still serves, as of November 2017.
Catherine Bamugemereire has chaired three national investigations in matters of corruption in government departments: (a) the tribunal that examined Kampala Capital City Authority, from June 2013 until November 2013. (b) the inquiry into the Uganda National Roads Authority, from June 2015 until January 2016 and (c) the Commission of Inquiry into land grabbing and land wrangles in Uganda’s Land Sector, that started in 2017.
Justice Catherine Bamugemereire is the head of the Commission of Inquiry into the Land Matters. 2010, the Ugandan Judiciary appointed her a Judge in the High Court, to work in the Anti-Corruption and Family Divisions of the Court.
She conducts civil and criminal court assignments throughout Uganda. She is an expert on corruption, and has spoken widely and written extensively about the subject. In 2015, she was appointed to Uganda’s Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court, where she still serves. Early this year, she lost her temper and kicked the Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana out of the commission hearing. Rukutana had refused to adhere to the probe’s terms of reference saying he will not respect anyone if he is not respected.
He had been summoned to give clarity on how Government arrived at Shs24billion meant to compensate Dr Muhammad Kasasa over a piece of land in Mutungo, a Kampala suburb.