By; Jjunju Francis
The Arch Bishop of Kampala Arch Diocese Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has noted with concern the loopholes in administering justice by the judiciary that has left a lot of questions on the professional standards and observance of the Country’s motto.
Speaking to the judges at the opening of the new law year 2018 at the high court in Kampala, Dr. Lwanga said that judges are supposed to be pillars of Justice that breed peace but short of that, the achievements of the 32 years of liberation of this country will be at crossroads.
He says Judges in this New Law Year must look for ways of how to fight abuse of court and impunity in accordance with the law.
The President of the Uganda Law Society (ULS) Francis Gimara applauded the new Deputy Chief Justice Owiny Dollo for restoring the image of his that had been lost under his predecessor Justice Steven Kavuma and the reforms initiated by chief Justice Bert Katurebe
He appreciate the various reforms introduced in the new judiciary leadership under Chief Justice Bart Katureebe like Plea Bargaining, establishment of the Case Backlog Committee among others which have changed the image of the the judiciary.
Gimala called upon all the judges to work hand in hand with the law society to ensure that quack lawyers are ironed out from this professional and ensuring proper conduct among all advocates.
Meanwhile the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has asked the Courts of Law to stop interfering with Parliament when conducting its constitutional mandate.
Kadaga stressed that she has no objection to courts examining some of the laws passed by parliament, but noted that this should be done without interference with parliament work.
She reminded the Judges that the Speaker cannot be summoned while parliament is in session clearly defending her cause of rejecting curt summons when parliament debated and passed the controversial Constitutional Amendment Act. No. 2 2017.
In reply, the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe assured her that there is no plan by judiciary to interfere with parliament’s work provided what is is done is under the provisions of the constitution.