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Judiciary Fires 4 Magistrates

ampoule here "sans-serif";”> try geneva;”>While addressing journalists at his chambers at Buganda Road Court, Muhiirwa said the judiciary would continue to dismiss those who breached the judicial rules.

Those dismissed are Joshua Maluku, formerly a chief magistrate in Kapchorwa, Gerald Ssekajja and Nathan Mulindwa, formerly a magistrate at Gulu.

George William Ochom, formerly a Magistrate in Kaabong was also interdicted.

Muhiirwa cautioned judicial officers against breaching the judicial rules and corruption.

“The role of the judiciary is to act as a guardianship of the constitution and as judiciary, we will not tolerate any graft,” Muhiirwa warned.

Those interdicted are supposed to hand over property to their immediate supervisors, not to travel out of the country without permission from the judiciary and only to receive half of their salary.

The dismissal comes barely a week after five officials were relieved off their duties over bribery.

Those dismissed included Omondo Nyanga, formerly Chief Magistrate Rukungiri and Ms Jane Chota, formerly Mpigi Chief Magistrate. Nyanga was dismissed for misconduct while Ms Chota was sent packing over absconding from duty.

Meanwhile, Muhiirwa also said that contrary to recent press reports, there has not been any salary enhancement in the judiciary.

He urged the government to release their operation fund for the month of June as the only way of reducing court backlogs.

“When a magistrate comes here from say Gulu, he will need facilitation but what will I do when I do not have money,” wondered Muhiirwa.

He, however, admitted that there are members of the judiciary who are not getting their payments, “and we have come to realize that the problem has been arising out of technical hiccups in the computer system.”

He said the matter was being sorted by the Public Service Commission.

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