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Judiciary Holds First High Court Hearing in Abim District

Justice Wilson Masalu Musene, the Resident Judge of Soroti High Court this week held a High Court hearing in Abim which attracted  large number of people in observance of covid19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

In this hearing court heard the evidence of three defendant witnesses.

He thereafter visited locus in quo in a case concerning ownership of land hosting Abim Town Council Offices, Water Office, ADRA, LAP-Abim, part of Abim Police Station and a host of residents of Abim Town Council.

The land is being claimed among Abim Town Council and Abim District Land Board jointly on one hand and Achen Rose, the administrator of the estate of the late Mzee Logira.

This hearing greatly excited the people and the local leaders who applauded the Judge for the initiative of bringing the High Court to sit in Abim and afford the residents a chance to experience the High Court as compared to the costly travels to Soroti, a distance of about 125KM away.

Immediately after the close of the defendants’ case, who are represented by the AG Chambers Moroto, the Judge informed the parties and the members of the public that Court was ready for locus in quo visit.

Justice Musene moved around the suit land together with the parties, their witnesses and Counsel as well as the residents of the area who had thronged Court for a feel of the High Court sitting before giving both Counsel a schedule for filing written submissions of two weeks each and a rejoinder within a week’s time and fixing the matter for judgment on February 3, 2021 at Abim Court. The plaintiff is represented by M/S Omara Atubo & Co. Advocates.

From this hearing, Justice Musene being accompanied by HW Aisu Nicholas, Magistrate Grade One Abim, Mr. Angulipa Patrick, the Resident State Prosecutor, Anena Clare Lagoro, Legal Officer, LAP- Abim, ASP Mafuko, the OC Abim Police Station and Mr. Chuma Dickinson, the Court Clerk/Interpreter, Justice Musene proceeded to Amita Prison Farm for an inspection

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During this inspection, they interacted with the 507 Inmates majority of whom are serving their sentences.

This prison owns large farms on which it carries out mechanized cotton and maize farming.

The Abim District Chain-linked Committee commended the gesture of the Resident Judge to handle the matter in Abim.

“We thank His Lordship for the hearing of this specific matter in Abim thereby cutting travel costs for the parties and their witnesses and for the candid atmosphere he created during the hearing and locus in quo visit. We also thank the Hon Judge for visiting and interacting with the inmates as well as the counsel he offered to them. We look forward to receiving you again in North Karamoja,” HW Aisu who spoke on behalf of the DCC said.

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