Following an outcry from the public over systemic corruption in the courts of law in Uganda, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has set up a six member taskforce to investigate the corruption allegations within the judiciary. The taskforce is headed by Inspector of courts, Ms. Immaculate Busingye.
In a statement released today, the taskforce is instructed to commence its duties with immediate effect and report back to the Chief Justice within 60 days. The other members of the taskforce include Mr. Vicent Mugabo, Ms. Susan Abinyo, Mr. Godfrey Kawesa, Mr. Ayebare Tumwebaze and Mr. Solomon Muyita.
The taskforce was instuted following a damning report from the Vision Group’s investigations desk that showed deep rooted corruption within the judiciary. The taskforce has been directed to interface with the investigations team so as to get all the evidence gathered.
The judiciary is fast losing the trust of the public and many people don’t believe that they can get justice from courts of law. This mistrust has escalated into open dissent epitomised by the recent incident where a magistrate was hit by a mineral water bottle while delivering an unwelcome judgement.