The Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) Alphonse Owiny-Dollo has called on Parliament and the Executive to treat the Judiciary as one of the arms of government with equal status like them, instead of always referring to it as the last or the third.
While addressing judicial officers under the Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA) at their annual general meeting held at High Court in Kampal, Dollo noted that world over, the Judiciary came into existence long before the other two arms.
As such, he said, the Judiciary together with the Executive and Legislature must be treated as three stones which support the saucepan while cooking, and have to be of the same size for better results.
“A pot can’t stand well on stones of different sizes, so people should not treat judiciary as the small stone out of the three”
On the working conditions of the judicial officers, Dollo asked the officers to remain patient because they are engaging various organs and departments of the state including the President to improve their welfare.
Godfrey Kaweesa the President of UJOA before inviting the DCJ had raised concern on how Parliament’s budget was increasing yet Judiciary an equal arm is getting peanuts.
He pointed out that with the current situation in budgetary terms it looks like other arms of government care more about themselves than the judiciary
Kaweesa nonetheless appreciated government for the various milestones to the judiciary like issuance of laptops to all magistrates, some new vehicles which were given to ten magistrates.
He however asked that the issue of security and transport of the remaining officers must be catered for.
The chief Registrar his worship Ester Nambayo called upon all chief magistrates in various work stations to ensure that they monitor all files and performance of all staff at their workplaces to ensure efficiency.
She also asked all magistrates to embrace community service orders as some of the punishments given to small offenders as one of the ways of reducing congestion in government prisons.