Activists take on Judiciary in graft fight
Posted Monday, October 14 2013 at 01:00
Activists have given the Judiciary a one-month ultimatum to investigate and prosecute alleged perpetrators of corruption in the Magistrates’ Court at Law Development Centre (LDC).
The activists under the Anti-Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU) demanded that the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) takes up the matter and act against court officials implicated in the bribery claims. “In case there is no response, then as civil society, we will not hesitate to mobilise the wider society and lawfully demonstrate at the court if our demand is not met,” Ms Cissy Kagaba, the ACCU executive director, warned.
Addressing journalists in Kampala on Friday, Ms Kagaba alleged that ACCU was approached by a number of people claiming that their right to free and fair trial was hijacked by the claws of bribery, manipulation and impunity at the LDC court seeking for redress due to corruption acts.
“ACCU launched an investigation into the allegations. We have since realised acts of bribery and connivance among judicial officers at the said court. ACCU brought these allegations to the attention of the JSC copying in the Principal Judge and the registrar, demanding for action,” Ms Kagaba said, adding that no response has been made.
Speaking at the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) Review in Kampala, Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine warned judicial officers against corruption tendencies, saying culprits face expulsion. He said some officials at the LDC court have since been arrested and interdicted over allegations of bribery.
Meanwhile the Judiciary has developed an anti-corruption strategy implementation plan to fight graft.