Tuesday July 15 2014

Investigate cases of missing files in Judiciary

The Judiciary, one of the strongest pillars of the State, has again come under the spotlight, this time in an extraordinarily alarming way.
Referring to a story in the Saturday Monitor of July 5, Justice of the High Court Anup Singh Choudry made claims that there are ‘mafias’ in the Judiciary whom he inferred are responsible for the disappearance of a ‘sensitive’ files, a common occurrence that has continued to erode public confidence on the entire institution.
When such an allegation is made by a journalist or political analyst, the Judiciary, in the same spirit with which they vehemently dismissed Justice Choudry’s allegation, simply brushes it aside as frivolous.
The claims made by the learned justice, to anybody who enthuses himself with the functioning of the judicial system in Uganda and most importantly to the ordinary citizen who happens to be the chief client of this arm of the State, only serves to cement the genuine concerns over the Judiciary’s credibility.
Principle Judge Yorokamu Bamwine, without testing the validity of the allegations through a comprehensive investigation concluded that there are no mafias in the Judiciary and instead felt insulted by the allegations.
File losses in the Judiciary are shared by a large and growing section of the frustrated public.
Cases of mob action are rampant not because it is justice, but the human instinct craves for fairness and logically, if they cannot get justice because of the Judiciary’s apparent intransigence, they will resort to the injustice that is mob action.
Abdulhamid Ibrahim Manzil,