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Judiciary is corrupt - Principal Judge

By Vision Reporter

Added 22nd November 2008 03:00 AM

PRINCIPAL Judge Justice James Ogoola has conceded that the Ugandan Judiciary is riddled with corruption, saying it makes him teary.

By Milton Olupot

PRINCIPAL Judge Justice James Ogoola has conceded that the Ugandan Judiciary is riddled with corruption, saying it makes him teary.

The Inspector General of Government, in the third national integrity survey report released on Tuesday, ranked the Judiciary as the second most corrupt institution in the country.

Delivering a paper at a media dialogue on Thursday, Ogoola said corruption was the most horrendous thing in Uganda.

“When I presided over the Global Fund probe, I said, “our society was corrupt to the core,” I would have liked to improve on that statement, but every time I try I find myself in a difficult position.”

“I know that there is corruption in the institution in which I work, in which I lead. When you put us in the league with Police and URA, who then will decide on corruption? Uganda does not have a jury system,” he said.

He said every institution and individual seemed to be smitten by the cancer. “There are people even in villages, who glorify corruption.”
Ogoola warned that if the trend of corruption is not checked, the country is doomed.

David Ouma Balikowa, a media consultant, said the media should not have undue limitation to carry out their duties.

“The media is just a vehicle through which the public expresses itself and therefore any infringement on the media is affects the public. He cited laws like suppression of terrorism, as outrageous, saying freedom of the media was critical to the enjoyment of freedom of expression.

“Each time the media is gagged, the truth is the first casualty,” he said.

Judiciary is corrupt - Principal Judge

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