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Judicial Staff to Be Investigated for Corruption

The Judiciary top administration has directed disciplinary action to be taken against two Magistrates and five support staff after the recommendations by the Anti-corruption task force that was instituted by the chief justice.

The nine-member committee was put in place was put in place to investigate corruption allegations against judicial officers following a series of investigative stories that were published by the Vision Group on its various platforms.

Among those implicated were two Magistrates, two Office Attendants, two Court, Clerks and a Process Server, attached to the Magistrates Courts’ of Wakiso, Goma, City Hall, Mukono and Nabweru.

The Judiciary Top Management reviewed the Report of the Taskforce in December 2019 and directed the Chief

Registrar to charge the two implicated Magistrates and refer them to the Judiciary Disciplinary Committee.

The chief justice Hon Bart Katureebe revealed that the Permanent Secretary was also tasked to interdict the five support staff and take disciplinary action accordance with the Public Service Standing Orders.

“It is the disciplinary processes which will determine whether to forward the implicated officers to the Judicial Service Commission and Public Service Commission for further action,” said Justice Katureebe.

Established under Office Instruction No. 4 of 2019 dated July 30, 2019, the Taskforce was mandated to investigate allegations of corruption published in the various print and electronic media during the period of June to July, 2019.

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“This Taskforce interfaced with the media, reviewed media material and related documents, interviewed implicated individuals and conducted field visits in the process of executing this mandate,” the Report reads in part.

“The Taskforce has therefore proposed recommendations in this report which, if adopted and executed, will invariably attempt to address the highlighted challenges.”

The Report also highlighted some of the other challenges affecting delivery of Judicial services, including poor infrastructure, inadequate security, inhumane sanitary conditions among others.

The committee was being chaired by Dr. Immaculate Busingye, formerly Registrar Inspectorate of Courts (now High Court Judge).

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