March 25, 2023


Equality opinion

You won’t be intimidated under my watch

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

The Chief Justice of Uganda, Owiny-Dollo has reassured judicial officers of the country that they will not be intimidated below his enjoy, promising to protect them and speak out in opposition to interferences with their judicial get the job done.

Justice Owiny–Dollo was talking at the opening of the yearly judges and magistrates conference yesterday, 28th November, 2022 at Mestil Hotel and Residences in Nsambya, Kampala.

“Don’t be intimidated by whoever will come to your court docket and would like you to do a thing opposite to your judicial oath. We took oath hardly ever to revenge or do unwell will. On the other hand, the Judiciary will not be intimidated under my watch” Owiny-Dollo claimed.

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The Main Justice was referring to an incident that occurred very last week involving the Primary Minister of Uganda, Hon. Robinah Nabbanja and Magistrate Amon Mugezi of Mengo Chief Magistrates’ Court docket, the place the leading reportedly grilled the justice of the peace on stay television citing “loop holes” in the way a case was taken care of right after the latter produced a ruling that would have observed a widowed woman reduce her household assets about a mortgage.

Primary Minister Robinah Nabbanja intervened, bailing out the girl by spending her lender.

“I have paid the dollars to release the lady, there are a good deal of loopholes in this case which the court docket needs to fix” PM Robinah Nabbanja said, according to Keep track of.

Describing the incident as “unfortunate, unacceptable and full outrage,” Main Justice Owiny-Dollo reported he would be failing in his responsibility if he unsuccessful to protect “my judicial officers and hold tranquil.”

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“What took place final week at Mengo Chief Magistrate’s Court was regrettable and unacceptable. I will be failing in my duty as head of the Judiciary if I unsuccessful to protect my Judicial Officers and maintain quiet” the Chief Justice mentioned, introducing:

“I commend the Key Minister for her zeal only that in this case it was misplaced. There other several priorities that she really should have centered on.”

Less than the guidelines of Uganda, a ruling by a magistrate or a Judge can only be set aside by a higher courtroom immediately after an attraction approach. And execution of court docket orders can be temporarily stopped pending the resolve of these types of appellate processes. out?v=14gd-wJ9gBw

Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo explained the Primary Minister’s steps as outrageous in this Video clip report of the celebration by NTV Uganda/ Online video: NTV Uganda by using YouTube

Having said that, Uganda’s courtroom processes are commonly gradual and have a tendency to drag on for extensive durations of time. Lawful services in Uganda are also commonly highly-priced and as a result unaffordable to the indigent.

In reaction to the Prime Minister’s query, Justice of the peace Amon Mugezi reported past 7 days, in accordance to Check, that the widow experienced not attended court to elaborate much better on her scenario. The Main Justice reechoed this stance.

“Madam primary minister individuals are the points we inform men and women to bring to courtroom such as the proof that the land is not for Nalule (widow). So, if anyone does not come to court, we offer with what is on the file, that is the law, we presume that they do not want to defend themselves” Magistrate Amon Mugezi stated.

It really should be famous that Primary Minister Robinah Nabbanja is not the first official inside of the govt arm of governing administration to be caught in the cross hairs of alleged disrespect of the Judiciary.

In authorized punditry, President Yoweri Museveni has constantly been accused of undermining the independence of Judges.  

Judges and Magistrates collected at Mestil Hotel and Residences in Nsambya, Kampala for their two-working day annual meeting./ Picture: Judiciary through Twitter.

For illustration, the President has questioned the granting of bail to murder suspects – contacting it a “provocation.”

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The Structure ensures the independence of the judiciary which signifies judges must be equipped to adjudicate in excess of issues before them relying on the law, the proof and devoid of any type of exterior influences.

Main Justice Owiny-Dollo also cautioned unscrupulous judicial officers, noting he will see “their backs” [read exit].

“We require to be Judiciary born all over again as we exercise our mandate. Allow us rededicate ourselves as we serve our people today.” Owiny-Dollo stated.

“If you behave in a fashion unbecoming of a Judicial Officer I will undoubtedly see your back again (exit) and that is non-negotiable” the Chief Justice extra.

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Prior to that, Benjamin utilised to publish newbie weblogs and some of his authorized commentaries have been posted by the Day by day Monitor and Impartial Magazine – both of those main publications in Uganda. He covers attorneys, legislation pupils, judges, judiciary, courts, law colleges, and legislation companies.