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Judges, Magistrates Meet Judicial Service Commission Today Over Salaries

Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Kahinda Otafiire and Principle Judge Yorokamu Bamwiine leaving High Court after the Judicial Officers meeting in which they resolved to strike

As judicial officers’ strike enters day two today, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC); the body mandated to advise government on issues related judiciary is set to meet judges and magistrates today to chart a way forward.

According to Godfrey Kaweesa, President of the Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA), Retired Justice Benjamin Kabiito, the chairperson of the JSC, together with other members are set to meet the UJOA Executive this afternoon to discuss how to end the ongoing strike.

On Friday last week all judicial officers countrywide laid down tools after government failed to address their grievances within the 30 days ultimatum period they provided.

The judicial officers want their salaries increased to the level of other officials in the other arms of government, and their working conditions improved.

Among others the officers demand housing allowances, medical insurance, and for government to provide them with motor vehicles; offer them security and increase their operational funds.

During the striking period all judges and magistrates agreed to stay away from their places, which brought work at most courts in the country to a standstill.

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