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The Judiciary on Friday awarded various staff members in appreciation for their continued participation in the weekly six kilometers health run.
The awards were handed to the senior Judicial Officers and administration staff as the Judiciary marked its 24th Health
Judiciary’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Pius Bigirimana, who introduced the physical fitness exercises, recognized the regular participants and handed over the awards, hand-in-hand with the Ag. Chief Registrar, Mr Tom Chemutai.
While accepting his award, the Deputy Chief Justice Aliphons Owiny Dollo apologized for the number of times he has missed the exercise.
“For the number of Fridays you’ve not seen me here participating with you, it’s genuinely because I was not in Kampala. So I take this award on the understanding that I have been forgiven my defaults,” said Justice Dollo,
“I will now strive like Boxer in Animal Farm to work even harder.” he added
On his part, the Principal Judge Flavian Zeija appealed to all staff to embrace the run for their personal health rather than perceiving it as a punishment.
“Sometimes when you run and get tired you feel like it’s a punishment; no, the body is rather telling you that you have been lazy,” said Justice Zeija.
Supreme Court’s Lady Justice Stella Arach Amoko said: “this award belongs to you all because you’ve encouraged me to come. I don’t come here just to run but I come also to meet all of you who I can’t meet when I am locked up in Kololo,” said.
“I told myself that I should also become more active because I closed my ‘factory’ (giving birth) long time ago but I could reopen with this,” said High Court’s Lady Justice Jane Frances Abodo
“I take this opportunity to thank the Permanent Secretary for keeping us this active for I believe with this exercise, Judicial Officers will have less and less problems dogging us, the judicial diseases; the back, the neck pains and hands,” said High Court Judge, Esta Nambayo.
“When this program was introduced I was one of the people that resisted, but I can tell you now I am fully converted and I encourage all of us to do the same because it is for our health,” said Mr Chemutai, the Ag. Chief Registrar.
The Commissioner Engineering and Technical Services, Dr. Ebal Christopher, encouraged more Judiciary staff to participate in the programme for, “the only asset you have in life is your health so preserve it through such programmes.”
Mr. Bigirimana encouraged members that didn’t receive certificates not to lose hope.
“I encourage those who have been very consistent, the coming Fridays be here, you will get and we shall introduce ‘ebigendarako’ (incentives) that will accompany the certificates,” he said.