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Corruption court starts next year

By Vision Reporter

Added 20th December 2007 03:00 AM

THE anti-corruption court will start operating next year. Justice Mary Stella Arach-Amoko, the acting chairperson of the task force in-charge of establishing the court, told participants at a stakeholders’ consultative workshop at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Tuesday that the court would be autono

THE anti-corruption court will start operating next year. Justice Mary Stella Arach-Amoko, the acting chairperson of the task force in-charge of establishing the court, told participants at a stakeholders’ consultative workshop at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Tuesday that the court would be autono

By Hillary Nsambu

THE anti-corruption court will start operating next year. Justice Mary Stella Arach-Amoko, the acting chairperson of the task force in-charge of establishing the court, told participants at a stakeholders’ consultative workshop at Hotel Africana in Kampala on Tuesday that the court would be autonomous.

New judges and support staff would be appointed to the court, she said. Citing a verse in the Bible, she said: “Let us go as the chosen ones to spread the gospel of anti-corruption justice.” Justice Arach-Amoko had earlier told the delegates that the idea of setting up the anti-corruption court followed public outcry for strong judicial action against corruption.

The participants were also optimistic that the corrupt would be held accountable.

They expressed concern that since most of the cases would have a political connotation, tough laws should be enacted by Parliament in conjunction with the Judiciary to give maximum protection to the whistle-blowers.

This, they said, would ensure success in the prosecution of cases. The participants also advised that once the court is established, there should be sustainable funding and remuneration of staff and whistle-blowers.

Present were the director of the Law Development Centre, Elijah Wante and the director of public prosecution, Richard Buteera.



Corruption court starts next year

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