The end of the countrywide judicial officers’ strike, which kicked off on Friday last week, is not in sight yet.
Godfrey Kaweesa, the chairperson of the Uganda Judicial officers Association (UJOA) revealed Monday afternoon that the strike will carry on until when members convene again to discuss the position of the association Executive on the same matter.
UJOA Executive members today met with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) team led by Justice Benjamin Kabiito to chart a way forward.
UJOA however, declined to suspend the strike, insisting that the final say must be with association members during an extraordinary meeting, which is not planned yet.
Kaweesa told Chimpreports that the JSC informed them that they are still harmonizing the resolutions from UJOA’s general Assembly last month and those of the Judiciary administration; which once considered by the whole Commission on Wednesday this week, will be forwarded to Cabinet for approval.
“After cabinet has approved the resolutions, we shall call for another general assembly in which members will decide whether to adopt the cabinet resolution and suspend the strike or not,” he said.
Kaweesa added that as judicial officers, they understand the pain which Ugandans are going through currently, but noted that their industrial action is aimed at having an independent judiciary which will serve them more efficiently.
“We thank the general public for the support you have rendered to us throughout this period because we know that powers belong to the people and people need an independent judiciary. Cabinet should respect Article 128 of the constitution which states that all organs and agencies of the state should accord all courts assistance as may be required to ensure effectiveness of courts,” remarked Kaweesa.
Judges and magistrates reached decision to lay down their tools in the General meeting held last month at High court Kampala, in protest against low salaries.
At the same time, they demand for housing allowance, security and medical insurance.