President Museveni warns judges against sabotaging development projects
President said court order should not be used to block multibillion development projects over minor issues. File Photo

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has strongly warned judges against sabotaging development projects

As regards economic development in Uganda, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has strongly warned judges (Judicial officers) against sabotaging development projects while executing their duties.

President Museveni expressed his dissatisfaction on judiciary while officiating 22nd annual judges conference yesterday 28th, January 2019 in Kampala day two meeting.

The judges were discussing their performance in the previous year and as well look into their performance in 2020.

The president mentioned that court order should not be used to block multibillion development projects over issues that can be resolved.

“Remember these projects have got money from banks. And any day you delay interests are accumulating, the money is not producing, you cannot be serious, you cannot be serious!” Museveni said.

He, however, promised the judges that he will be addressing the remuneration and retirement benefits issues considering their limited numbers step by step.

“We shall continue enhancing until we reach comparable international standards. Secondly, on the pension, I want to fight the battle that the pension should be either the same or equal to or near the salary you are getting when you are still active and then the other support the

Speaking, the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe noted the ever-increasing cases with a high court checking on over 60.000 cases and the magistrate’s court 17,000 cases.

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He, therefore, asked for an expression of the jurisdiction of the magistrates’ court to reduce the burden on the High Court, given the fact that accessing magistrates’ courts is easier and cheaper.

“The ministry of justice should start considering proposals to increase the jurisdiction of Chief Magistrates and Grade One Magistrates so that we reduce on the workload of the High Court, and provide speedier justice to the people since accessing Magistrates Courts is easier and

President Museveni warns judges against sabotaging development projects. CC/Next Media Uganda