The Principle Judge Yorokamu Bamwine on Thursday condemned the practice by some magistrates of issuing eviction orders before holding court proceedings.
Bamwiine was disturbed by a case one Amina Milu, who told him she has been living in the bush since 2016 when court brokers evicted her from her late husband’s land.
Mrs. Miru says her late husband Hajji Nassuli Miru bought the disputed land in 1979 from late Hajji Ahamad Barugahare.
“The children of Barugahare however, started claiming it when their father passed ; which they didn’t when he was still alive,” she said.
The aging mother says while the case has been in court since 1984, she had never been summoned for any court sitting, yet court last year abruptly arranged an eviction and threw her out of her house.
The said land in question totals 27 acres and is located in Katete, Birere in Isingiro district.
The eviction order was delivered by Mbarara High Court Judge Justice David Matovu on 5th May 2016.
The Principle Judge Bamwiine while addressing Mbarara residents at an Open Day Session showed disappointment with the court decision and promised to investigate it.
Miru’s lawyer James Bashonga Bwatota says the eviction resulted in more crimes including assault and that police had to be deployed to avert danger.
He says ever since the eviction, the case had stalled and Barugahare family members have been dodging court.
At the event, Mbarara resident judge Justice Duncan Gaswaga committed himself to hearing the case to its conclusion.
Justice Bamwiine urged judicial officers to show utmost fairness while expeditiously dealing with the large number of cases before them.
“Serve the people with a smile, address their complaints promptly; don’t serve them with an anticipation of a reward; your reward is in heaven” Bamwine said.