Kenyan named VP of Africa’s rights court

September 6, 2016 10:38 am
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Justice Ben Kioko (right) was named the African Court's Vice President in elections conducted on Monday in Arusha, Tanzania.  Kioko was elected judge of the African Court in July 2012 for a six-year term/FILE
Justice Ben Kioko (right) was named the African Court’s Vice President in elections conducted on Monday in Arusha, Tanzania. Kioko was elected judge of the African Court in July 2012 for a six-year term/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 6 – A Kenyan judge has been elected Vice President of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights.

Justice Ben Kioko was named the African Court’s Vice President in elections conducted on Monday in Arusha, Tanzania. Kioko was elected judge of the African Court in July 2012 for a six-year term.

Justice Sylvain Ore from Cote d’Ivoire was elected President. Both will serve for two years and are eligible for re-election.

Ore will take over from Augustino Ramadhani, a Tanzanian whose term ended on Monday.

The elections were conducted at the start of the African Court’s 42nd Ordinary Session which ends of September 16.

During the session, two new judges, Justice Ntyam Ondo Mengue (Cameroon) and Justice Marie Thérése Mukamulisa (Rwanda) were sworn-in, after their election in Kigali last month when the African Union Summit was held.

The court has 11 judges elected in their individual capacity from African Union member states.

During the current session, the judges will examine more than 60 applications and four requests sent to them for advisory opinion – according to the court’s schedule.

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