Lack of Transport Hinders Delivery of Justice in Arua

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Vincent Okwanga, the Arua Resident Judge, says they only have a single vehicle, which makes it difficult for them to cover distant areas under their jurisdiction.

 
Arua High Court is grappling with the challenge of limited transport for judicial officers to carry out their duties.
 
Vincent Okwanga, the Arua Resident Judge, says they only have a single vehicle, which makes it difficult for them to cover distant areas under their jurisdiction.
 
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There is only one old Double Cabin vehicle based at Moyo Chief Magistrate's court and none in any of the grade magistrate's court in the region.
 
According to Okwanga, the lack of transport means hinders their engagement with the communities on court activities and processes. 
 
He disclosed this while briefing the Deputy Chief Justice, Steven Kavuma during the opening of the Court of Appeal session sitting in the region. In his response, Justice Kavuma pledged into the matter when he returns to Kampala.
 

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Justice also revealed that the judiciary is involved in talks with the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to increase funding to the sector so that each grade one magistrate can get a vehicle for their work.
 
 
Arua High Court circuit covers Moyo, Adjumani, Zombo, Nebbi, Yumbe, Koboko, Maracha and Arua districts.

 

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Annet Lekuru
Annet Lekuru is the Uganda Radio Network bureau chief for Arua. She is new in this post, assigned August 2016. However, she is no stranger to URN subcribers and readers.

Lekuru started her journalism career in 2011 with training from Radio Paris where she worked until April 2015. She started writing for URN in May 2015 as a freelance reporter.

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