Legislators led by Buhweju Member of Parliament (MP), Francis Mwijukye have expressed worry that the strike by government prosecutors could critically affect the work of the judiciary and subsequently deny Ugandans justice if not resolved quickly.
Work on Wednesday came to a standstill at various courts in Kampala as state prosecutors commenced their sit down strike.
The Prosecutors led by the Uganda Association of Prosecutors (UAP) Baxton Bakibinga kicked off with their strike as promised with the aim of pressurizing government to address their salary grievances.
“Last week we learnt that the prosecutors had asked government to intervene in their pay since they were getting little pay compared to other civil servants in the country; consequently, their issues were not looked into and have commenced the strike,” Mwijukye addressed the House while presenting on matters of national importance.
Mwijukye said that the strike for State Attorneys has paralyzed the judicial system and operation of Courts in the country.
“People who have been on remand for long cannot get bail, the sick and those who need justice cannot access it and in turn it will increase the case backlog,” Mwijukye noted.
Responding to the concerns by the members, the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda said government through the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Gen. Kahinda Otaffire is dealing with the problem.
“I appeal to the country men and women to be patient, government is working so had to ensure that a Salary Review Commission is fast track for a more established salary scheme,” Rugunda said.
Asked when the commission would be expected in place, Rugunda noted that government has already commenced on the process and at a later time will inform Parliament on the detailed program.