The Chief Justice, Alfonse Owiny-Dollo has called for the indefinite closure of the Supreme Court in Kampala to allow for renovation following a reported water leakage.
Alfonse Owiny-Dollo, Chief Justice of Uganda, has called for the indefinite closure of the Supreme Court in Kampala to permit renovations following a water leak.
“The landlord has been duly notified to assess and rectify the defects. For these reasons, the top management of the Judiciary has decided, and I hereby direct that the supreme Court be closed as the premises undergo renovations and rectification of defects,” Dollo said on May, 30 internal memos also copied to the Deputy Chief Justice, Attorney General, the Principal Judge and the Director of Public Prosecutions among others.
On April 27th, 2022, the office of the Chief Justice in the same building was gutted by fire.
According to sources then, the fire broke out when a woman opened the door next to the Chief Justice’s chambers and switched on the light, which triggered a blast.
The sources said the fire left several documents and files destroyed however, the fire brigade team from Uganda Police managed to contain and stop it from spreading to other parts of the building.
In a statement, Justice Dollo says water leakages that have left the building ceilings damaged in addition to flooding in the chambers of the justices of the court at Kololo, damaged furniture and the latest fire among other issues of safety have necessitated that the Supreme Court premises are closed indefinitely until the problem is solved.
“In the meantime, you are all advised to execute your work from home until further notice, Dollo added calling on occupants to resort to working from their homes. He, however, maintained that the registry and the Electronic Court Case Management Information System centre will remain open to the public to handle case filing while judgments “may be delivered using virtual electronic means”.
Meanwhile, the development comes at a time when the judiciary is constructing a seven-storey twin appellate courts buildings in the city that will house all courts.
The construction process of the buildings that are in the final stages is valued at shs63.9 billion but will save the judiciary over shs6 billion spent every year in rent including the current Supreme Court headquarters in Kololo which has been closed indefinitely as a safety recommendation.