Judicial Service Commission Moves Against Errant Officers

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According to information provided to the public accounts committee, the judicial service commission handled over 161 complaints mainly concerning chief magistrates, grade one and grade two magistrates in the last two financial years

Eight judicial officials were expelled from service last financial year in attempt by the Judicial Service Commission to rein in errant officers. Kagole Kivumbi, the Secretary Judicial Service Commission (JSC) says the affected officers included two chief magistrates, grade one and two magistrates. He says the judicial officials were dismissed for among other reasons bribery, drunkenness, professional misconduct and laziness.

Kivumbi made the revelations on Wednesday while appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chaired by Paul Mwiru, the Jinja Municipality East MP. According to information provided to the Public Accounts Committee, the Judicial Service Commission handled over 161 complaints mainly concerning chief magistrates, grade one and grade two magistrates in the last two financial years.
Kivumbi explains that after receiving a complaint against any judicial officer, the Judicial Service Commission investigates the complaints at no cost and takes a decisive decision. Julius Mwebembezi, the Deputy Registrar lists some of the judicial officers who dismissed as Onyango Omodo and Maluku Joshua, both chief magistrates, Grade One and two magistrates Sekajja Gerald, Kitwi John, Ndifuna Moses, Kyota Jane, Ochom George and Guston kamugisha.

Kivumbi appeals to Ugandans to make use of the commission’s suggestion boxes at all district head quarters in case they are unable to reach the commission headquarters.
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Kivumbi notes that the majority of judicial officials implicated in bribery scandals are grade two magistrates.
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He also blamed delayed rulings on laziness and corruption amongst some judicial officer who drag on the cases after pocketing bribes. Margaret Kiboijana, a member of the committee demanded for answers on the corruption cases reported at the LDC court. She wondered why the implicated officials including the area magistrate Esther Nasambu and her staff were transferred to Wakiso instead of being sacked.
In his response Kivumbi said the Judicial Service commission is still investigating the matter.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.