ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The two new Judges who were elected in January during the 28th
Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union
in Addis Ababa Justice Chafika Bensaoula from Algeria and
Justice Tujilane Rose Chizumila from Malawi were sworn-in Monday
at the seat of the African Court in Tanzania’s northern safari
capital of Arusha.
The two replaced
Justice Fatsah Ouguergouz (Algeria) and Justice Duncan Tambala
(Malawi) whose term came to an end on 5 September, 2016.
The two join their
colleagues Lady-Justice Ntyam Ondo Mengue from Cameroon and
Lady-Justice Marie Thérése Mukamulisa from Rwanda who were
elected to the Court during the 27th AU Summit in
October, Kigali, Rwanda. The fifth female Judge already at the
Court is Lady Justice Solomy Balungi Bossa from Uganda who was
elected in June 2014.
For the first time
in the history of the Court, there will be five female judges
sitting on the 11-member court.
The increased number of female
Judges is the fulfillment of the requirement for adequate gender
representation provided for in Article 12(2) and Article 14(3)
of the Protocol establishing the court.
The Court’s Judges
are elected for a six-year term and renewable once.