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New judges sworn in

By Vision Reporter

Added 3rd May 2008 03:00 AM

The Judiciary requires sh11b to start off the new judges who were sworn in yesterday.

By Anne Mugisa

The Judiciary requires sh11b to start off the new judges who were sworn in yesterday.

The Chief Justice, Benjamin Odoki, said the sh11b is needed for the judges’ transport, office space, drivers, secretaries and clerks, computers and a set of the Laws of Uganda, as the basic minimum requirements.

But President Yoweri Museveni pledged that the money for the judges to start work would be availed.

“Regarding the tools for the new judges, those are not hard to get, we shall sort it out. We shall put it in the budget.”

Twelve of 16 new judges took oath before President Yoweri Museveni at State House Entebbe.

Those who were sworn in were Augustine Nshimye, who has been appointed to the Court of Appeal and 11 High Court judges. They are Ralph Ocan, Lawrence Gidudu, Jane Kiggundu, Joseph Murangira, Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, Anup Singh Choudry, Wilson Kwesiga, Owiny Dollo, Elizabeth Musoke, Benjamin Kabiito and Irene Mulyagonja Kakooza. Justice Galdino Okello who moves from the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court was present at the ceremony. Three other new judges who had been vetted by parliament were not present at the swearing in. They are Zam Zam Nagujja Kasujja, Alexandra Nkonge and Elizabeth Ibanda Nahamya.

Odoki said the Supreme Court was still short by one judge and the High Court by five. He commended the president for appointing a big number of judges at once, saying that they would help reduce the case backlog. He said the Judicial Service Commission would vet more judges.

Museveni cautioned the judges not to divert from the oath they took, saying deviation could make them run into trouble. “Judges should not promote their own wishes, but know the values and aspirations of the people and administer justice accordingly.”

As society grows, Museveni added, people and institutions interact and that interaction may sometimes cause conflict, which is why the judges must interpret the law correctly.

He urged the judges to demystify the law and avoid undue regard to technicalities which he said could derail justice. Museveni said the law should be administered in a way that that allows ordinary people access to justice, and warned that delayed justice could lead to more conflict, anarchy and mob justice.

New judges sworn in

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