The Chief justice of Uganda Hon Bart Katureebe has promised to work hard in 2017 to ensure that all corrupt judicial officers are punished and eliminated from the judiciary.
Speaking at the opening of the New Law Year 2017 at the High Court in Kampala, buy http://debiontheweb.com/wp-content/plugins/podpress/getid3/module.audio.wavpack.php the Chief Justice said he has been receiving numerous reports of corrupt judicial officers.
Katureebe appealed to the public to not only keep talking about corruption but come up and help government and judiciary fight it.
“In judiciary we have got zero-tolerance to corruption; the judicial Anticorruption Strategy encourages early detection of corruption through investigation, cialis 40mg prosecution and punishing the corrupt. We must talk about corruption together and fight it together because if we take it for granted it will finish all of us members of the bar, cialis 40mg ” he said.
As part of this strategy, the Chief Justice revealed that that he has ordered the Inspectorate of Courts to issue name tags to all judicial staffs to prevent people from dealing with con men.
At the event however, Justice Minister Kahinda Otafiire attacked members of the public who refer to judges as corrupt only after losing cases.
“You are like our opposition here; whose elections are free and fair only when they win. I think people should be taught that it’s not possible for both parties to win in a matter,” Otafiire remarked.
This however, he said is not to say that there are no corrupt judicial officers, who he promised to deal with.
In her speech, the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga called upon the members of the legal fraternity to extend their services even to up country areas where local people are finding
problems in legal matters
On the issue concerning unity of the three arms of government Kadaga promised to support the judiciary only where it is necessary.
“We shall respect court orders only if they deserve to be respected” Kadaga retorted.
Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi, who represented President Museveni at the event, praised the Judiciary for their tremendous achievements last year, but urged them to set their targets higher this year.
“The judiciary in Uganda still faces challenges ranging from chronic delay of cases, case backlogs and some of these are uncalled for especially in the upcountry areas where magistrates work only 3 days a week,” he said.
Sekandi also pointed out the challenge of Prison congestion yet most of the prisoners are on remand.