In a bid to enhance service delivery, Uganda’s judiciary has called on government to increase funding towards the sector.
According to the judicial policy statement for the next financial year that was presented before parliament’s legal and parliamentary affairs committee, the sector needs development funds amounting to 24 billion and over 120 billion in recurrent dues.
While addressing the Jacob Oboth-Oboth led committee today, Kagole Kivumbi the permanent secretary noted that the sector needs 20 billion for the construction of appellate courts, 3 billion to purchase vehicles for its officers and 1 billion for furniture in order to ably nip persistent infrastructural problems.
Pertaining recurrent expenditure, Kivumbi said over 60 billion is required to disposal of suits and appeals in the high court, 6.5 billion for staff capacity building and 1 billion to cater for judicial support services among other precincts.
Separately, Kitagwenda MP Hon. Abbas Agaba questioned how they are prepared to deal with death of evidence relating to crimes against minors. Agaba says it has become a norm for perpetrators of such crimes to reach monetary agreements with the victims’ families something he says is contrary to what the law states.
“Almost 80% of the parents engage in discussion somehow to kill the case. Finally, they will pay some money and the guy will be out and he will settle in the community together with his wife. To say the least, I don’t know how the judiciary could be useful”, he notes.
In response, Tom Chemutai a registrar of the High court said they had noticed this problem and apparently on top of training police officers, state attorneys and lawyers, were involved on sensitizing the general public especially affected parties on the downside of engaging in this vice.