High Court Criminal Session Gets Underway in Kiboga

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Deborah Wanume, the Assistant High Court Registrar, says the court will handle suspects who have been on remand since 2012. The court will try 15 suspects for murder, one for Kidnap with intent to murder, 21 for aggravated defilement, two for robbery and one for rape.

Justice Suzan Okalany has kick-started the High Court Criminal Session in Kiboga Magisterial area, which covers Kiboga and Kyankwanzi districts. 

Deborah Wanume, the Assistant High Court Registrar, says the Judge will handle forty cases within the next 40 days. The move is aimed at addressing the case backlog in Kiboga Magisterial area.
  
According to Wanume, the court will handle suspects who have been on remand since 2012. The court will try 15 suspects for murder, one for Kidnap with intent to murder, 21 for aggravated defilement, two for robbery and one for rape. 

Presiding over the first court session, Justice Okalany noted that some of the suspects have been on remand for more than six years, which contravenes their constitutional right to a speedy trial.
  
She disclosed that court will take into consideration time the suspects have spent on remand while passing judgement. Okalany explained that the judiciary was committed to ensuring that every Ugandan gets justice despite the challenges. Referring to the defilement cases before court, Okalany said the crime has reached pandemic proportions, not only in Kiboga and Kyankwanzi districts, but the entire country.
 
"All of us have a duty to fight defilement and it was wrong to compound it since it infringed on the future of our young girls," she said. 

Loy Batuzze, the Kiboga Deputy Resident District Commissioner, blamed the escalation of defilement and other crimes on drug abuse.

She called for the expeditious trial of the suspects to instil confidence among people to always run to courts of law for justice. 

Andrew Ntege, the Kyankwanzi LC5 vice chairperson, called for an extension of judicial services to his people, saying they even lack a magistrate's court.

In her response, Okalany said more magisterial areas have been created including Kyankwanzi and they are only waiting for staff deployment to start work.

 

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