Museveni Chief Justice Agree to Recruit More Judges
President Museveni met the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo during the opening of the new judicial year at the high court yesterday. FILE PHOTO

Museveni and the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo agreed that there is a need to recruit more judges both at the level of chief magistrates and grade 1 magistrate.

During the opening of the new judicial year at the high court yesterday, President Museveni and the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo agreed that there is need to recruit more judges both at the level of chief magistrates and grade 1 magistrate at a constituency level.

By the end of 2020, over 150,654 cases were still pending in the various courts of Uganda. Uganda has 379 magistrates and they have to handle cases of 45 million Ugandans.

“How come it’s easy to create a constituency with a name but it’s impossible to appoint a magistrate grade 1 to operate that constituency. Your Excellency your next task is to ensure that people can walk 5km to find a court not 40 km,” the Chief Justice said.

In this financial year, the judiciary was given 199 billion while parliament was given 672 billion. Chief justice says this is an unfair treatment because these are all equal arms of government.

“Majority of judicial officers are using their vehicles those who are lucky but we have those who are using boda-bodas to rush to court,” Owiny added.

The president reaffirmed his statement saying judicial officers should be well facilitated.

“The judicial officers if possible should be well facilitated but you should know that this economy would not have recovered if we did not solve the issue of defense,” Museveni said.

Museveni Chief Justice Agree to Recruit More Judges
President Museveni met the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo during the opening of the new judicial year at the high court yesterday. FILE PHOTO

Owiny-Dollo has also expressed his concern over the high court decision to handle the presidential petition in a tent because of lack of better court structures that could be used in handling the petition.

“With almost fairness handle this petition as with other things done before. So the supreme court of Uganda starting next week for the next 45 day will sit in a tent to determine that grievance and bring closer the issue of presidential petition in a tent,” Alfonse said.

The presidential candidate of the National Unity Platform petitioned court quashing the victory of the NRM flag bearer Yoweri Tibuhaburwa Museveni over the election malpractices.