The Uganda Judicial Officers Association (UJOA) has 3 months to vacate its offices at Buganda Road Court and the Supreme Court or face eviction. This is the directive issued ironically by the Secretary to the Judiciary Mr. Pius Bigirimana according to a story published by the Monitor Newspaper of 20th February, 2020 at page 3 under the title “Judicial Association told to vacate office”.
There is a thin line between order and chaos. This thin line can be seen under the Public Management Act 2013 (POMA) if you have ever witnessed the Uganda Police do battle with activists and protesters who are accused of holding illegal meetings, demonstrations or processions. Since the last general elections of 2016, several disruptive political demonstrations and riots have graced our political scene.
Nothing quite detracts an apparel giant like Nike than the sight of a rising basketball star touted by many as a potential NBA No.1 draft pick, going down because his Nike P.G. 2.5 sneakers which costs about $110 had disintegrated causing him to collapse in a heap and injuring his knee in the process. College basketball sensation Zion Williamson tore his sneakers in a game between (his) Duke University team and North Carolina before going to ground.
The judiciary of Uganda just like other public sectors is dogged by many challenges. From low pay, low morale, understaffing, case backlog to suffering the indignity of renting significant office space from Court users. This list makes for a depressing read but to its credit, the judiciary has soldiered on. The situation may just have been made worse by the unmasking of judicial immunity which judicial officers have been enjoying as a matter of course in the discharge of their judicial duties.
Just when Angelo was penning his response to my article on fakes and kidnaps where he tried to discount the menace of counterfeits, the Government of Uganda was declaring 3 days of mourning due to a nasty road carnage caused by fake brakes that left 22 dead in Kiryandongo District. I say fake brakes because I watched with dismay on TV when one of the lucky survivors lying in pain on a hospital bed narrated that the driver of the bus had tried to stop the bus but the brakes failed.
According to the Global Kidnap index of 2014, Uganda averaged 0.6 kidnaps per 100,000 people. This is just lower than Burundi but is far lower that the kidnap rates in Belgium, Canada, UK and France which stand at between 3.5-10.0 per 100,000 people. Each Country has unique factors that account for the incidence of kidnaps. There is a lot of talk of poverty and unemployment being the cause of the recent spate of kidnaps in Uganda.
Alam, a prominent businessman, has petitioned the Constitutional court, questioning the conduct and some of the orders issued by the Commission of inquiry investigating land disputes which is headed by Jutsice Catherine Bamugemereire.
Through his lawyers Muwema and Company Advocates,
The recent story about the URA seizure of counterfeit currency notes worth Ushs.189M at the Busia Border on the 22nd /10/17 was significant in many ways. First it gave a clear indication that there is demand for counterfeit money in Uganda which explains why the culprits could risk importing it. Second, the demand for counterfeit money is channeled through the uncontrolled growth of mobile money transaction whose value is now in excess of Ushs. 15 trillion (approx. $ 4Bn).