Mbarara High Court’s Justice Duncan Gaswaga who was recently transferred back to Kampala, on Friday passed down several sentences in haste to clear his backlog before officially handing over the gavel and heading to his new work station.
Gaswaga was in January this year transferred from Mbarara High Court to head the Commercial Court in Kampala.
Among those sentenced was Amon Betungura who got 7 years in jail for stealing car number plates, and Jackson Tumusiime, a surveyor, who got 30 years for defiling two juvenile.
Gaswaga also sentenced Edgar Muhanguzi to 28 years in prison over aggravated robbery, and 20 year old Gerald Kazoora to 7 years in jail for defiling a disabled girl.
After the court session Gaswaga told Chimpreports he made the marathon sentences in an effort not to leave made cases unfinished before heading to the Commercial Court in Kampala.
He added that judges have a tendency of leaving behind most of the cases unheard in court when such a chance comes, which adds to the judiciary’s greatest challenge today of the heavy case backlog.
“It is a grave mistake to leave unfinished business in the judiciary,” he said.