Judiciary Seeks UGX 88bn Additional Budget

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The judiciary is seeking an additional 88 billion Shillings in the 2017/2018 financial year budget currently before Parliament for scrutiny.

The judiciary is seeking an additional 88 billion Shillings in the 2017/2018 financial year budget currently before Parliament for scrutiny.
 
According to the Judiciary policy statement presented to parliament's legal committee, the entity has been allocated only 112 billion shillings for the coming financial year. The budget is a decrease from over 127 billion shillings approved budget for the current 2016/2017 financial year budget.
 
The required 88 billion additional funds are among others to cater for implementation of the new judiciary staff structure which requires close to 22 billion shillings. Judiciary seeks to increase High Court judges from 51 to 82, increase magisterial areas from 38 to 82 which in turn requires increase in chief magistrates from 47 to 100 among others.   
 
The entity also seeks another 18.5 billion for construction and renovation of courts, 14 billion for provision of transport fleet, and 2.5 billion for support to innovations in management.
 
Kagole Kivumbi, judiciary's permanent secretary cited a number of challenges they face due to limited finances including limited manpower at all levels of courts with three vacancies at the Supreme Court, two at the Court of Appeal, and five at the High Court. Other vacant positions are for registrars, and chief magistrates.
 
Kivumbi also cited limited funds for courts to conduct sessions. He said that the judiciary resources for the High Court can only fund 1,300 cases annually against 95,000 cases that are committed for trial. He also noted that the Court of Appeal can only carry out one upcountry session per quarter, with over 6,000 pending cases.
 
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On the judiciary performance, Kivumbi noted that courts disposed of more than 131,000 cases in the financial year 2015/2016. Another 72,000 cases have been disposed of in the current 2016/2017 financial year as of 31st December 2016.

 

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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.