'Suspects Give Livestock to Magistrates for Bail'


ampoule geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>The report which follows a research that has been done for four months in districts of Jinja, sale Wakiso, Mbale, Iganga and Kampala shows that there are very many corruption incidences which mainly include bribery, extortion and conspiracy among Magistrates, Court Clerks, State Prosecutors, Police Officers and Prisons Wardens especially in rural areas.

Presenting the report findings at ACCU offices in Ntinda, the Executive Director of ACCU, Cissy Kagaba said they had reported several cases of corruption to the Judicial Service Commission before but their complaints take long to be responded to and even when they are, the magistrates are only given transfers which is unfair.

The report further indicates that in rural areas, the Magistrates come very late for work and sometimes absent themselves without clear explanations.

Kagaba cited an example of Wakiso and Jinja Districts where the suspects who fail to raise money to secure bail are told to instead give in chicken, livestock and other foodstuffs.

The report also recommends the Justice Service Commission to expeditiously finalize investigations involving judicial officers that have been transferred over allegations of corruption in order to prevent re-occurrence of such incidences and to punish those found guilty as stipulated by the Anti-Corruption Act.


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