Ki-moon appoints Masanche judge at ICTR NICODEMUS IKONKO, Hirondelle, Arusha Daily News; Friday,January 09, 2009 @21:15 The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has appointed 64-year-old Justice Joseph Masanche of Tanzania, ad litem (temporary) Judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) effective from January, this year, as part of efforts to reduce shortage of seven judges who left the UN Court last December. Justice Masanche is the second Tanzanian Judge to join the Tribunal, after his college-mate Justice William Sekule, one of the nine permanent Judges at the Arusha-based ICTR, trying key architects of the 1994 Rwanda genocide. According to the UN estimates, the April-July slaughter claimed lives of about 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Justice Masanche, who worked in the Tanzanian judiciary for 38 years, out of which 19 of them he was a High Court Judge, has been immediately assigned to two cases which include a re-trial of a genocide accused Lieutenant Colonel Tharcisse Muvunyi, former Commander of the Non- Commissioned Officers Military Academy (ESO). The case commences on Monday. The second case is that of Lieutenant Il Denphonse Hategekimana, which is expected to start on 26 January. I was surprised and excited. It is a pleasure to come and work here (Arusha), Justice Masanche told 'Hirondelle News Agency', when asked how he received the news of his appointment. He said the assignments would be very challenging, compared to what he used to do previously because of the nature of the cases, time allocated, large number in trials and the state-of-art court rooms. Justice Masanche was originally in the reserve list of 18 judges appointed by the UN in 2003, alongside judges Lee Muthoga of Kenya and Ugandan Solomy Balungi Bossa, who both were in the first list of nine ad litem judges assigned to the Tribunal. A graduate of the former East African University in 1970, Justice Masanche joined Tanzanian judiciary in the same year as a magistrate and served in various capacities until June 27, 1989 when he was appointed High Court Judge of Tanzania. Out of the 19 years of active judiciary service, eleven of them he worked as Judge-in-Charge of Tanzania High Courts in Mwanza, Tabora and Dodoma . He retired in March, 2008. In October, last year, he joined Tanzanias Tumaini University as a Lecturer in civil procedures and law of evidence until his UN appointment. He is married with five children and three grand children. The ICTR was established in November 1994, but it started its first trial three years later. The Tribunal has so far rendered 37 individual judgements of which six ended in acquittals.