Courts In Kampala Resume after Strike

2022 Views Kampala, Uganda

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At the Court of Appeal and High Court Civil Division at Twed Towers in Nakasero, business had resumed normally. At the Commercial Court, business was underway and the situation was similar at the High Court. At LDC court business had resumed as well as Buganda Road Court.

Courts across Kampala resumed business on Thursday, a day after the judicial officers called off a nationwide strike over poor pay.
 
At some of the courts visited by a URN reporter, lawyers and their clients gathered outside the premises with relief.
 
At the Court of Appeal and High Court Civil Division at Twed Towers in Nakasero, business had resumed normally. At the Commercial Court, business was underway and the situation was similar at the High Court. At LDC court business had resumed as well as Buganda Road Court.
  
Vincent Emmy Mugabo, the Deputy Registrar Mediation, who is also the Judiciary Public Relations Officer, confirmed the development noting that all courts across the country had resumed work. He notes that courts will be in full operation by Monday next week.
 
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Mugabo however says that although courts were in full operation in the urban areas, he suspects upcountry areas might have seen delays due to transport related challenges of judicial officers who were in Kampala for the special General Assembly.
 
According to Mugabo, priority will be given to those who have been in police cells since the judicial officers went on strike last month as well as those who have been on remand and have been affected by the industrial action.
 
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For cases that have lost position as a result of the industrial action, Mugabo says that all judicial officers have been asked to issue production warrants to reschedule them especially those on remand.
 
For those on bail, he says courts are to issue summons for them to come for court to further manage their matters.
 
Judicial officers on Wednesday ended the two-week long strike they had started to denounce what they consider "unresolved welfare issues" by the government.
 
In their assembly, the judicial officers under their umbrella of the Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA) deferred their strike to December 11 to allow for government to meet its promises.
 
Government committed to provide a double-cabin pick-up vehicle to all magistrates and registrars, security personnel to all judicial officers, equipment to all courts and increase their salaries by November this year as a medium-term intervention.
 
On August 25th this year, the more than 400 judicial officers declared a strike over poor pay.
 
Mugabo appeals to the public to understand the judicial officers' predicament that they had not intended to inconvenience them like they have been. He asked the judicial officers to spend some more hours at courts to ensure they clear the load accumulated during the industrial action.
 
He also appealed to government to fulfill its commitment in order not to cause another stampede among judicial officers.
 
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