No Money For Judiciary – Otafiire

Minister Kahinda Otafiire

Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Major General  Kahinda Otafiire has reasserted that government currently has no sufficient resources in the treasury to meet the demands of the Judiciary for a budgetary increment.

While speaking the opening up of the New Law Year ceremony at the Kampala High Court yesterday, malady the minister said enhancing the Judiciary budget would come at a high cost.

“Should we cut on the budget of the Defense or the Police?” he wondered. “Even if we did, no rx how far will it go because one kilogram of meat can’t be fairly shared among the 33 million people?”

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The minister’s comments followed remarks by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe on the need for government to inject more funds in the Justice Sector.

“In 2016/17 we received 116.55 billion shillings for recurrent and capital expenditure, ask 93.3 billion in 2015/16, 18.06 billion for 2014/15 and 84 billion for 2013/14,” said the Chief Justice.

“However, the judiciary budget for 2017/18 has been cut by 6.8 billion shillings despite the expansion of court structures, digitalizing courts and payment of emoluments to the increased number of judicial officers” Katureebe remarked.

President Yoweri Museveni last week made a similar explanation as the Minister that government still has a number of priorities it must get out of the way to be able to focus on the financial problems of the Judiciary and other sectors.

Meanwhile, on the issue of re-arresting accused persons released on bail by the courts of judicature, minister Otafiire emphasized that Police has a right to arrest anybody released outside the boundaries of court in case there are other charges against him.

“May be the methods of the police are not proper that they shouldn’t arrest people in church. But if you have been granted bail for stealing a sheep, police has a right to arrest you in case you have another offence of   stealing an Elephant” added Otafiire.


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