Ugandan President, Museveni has called upon the new Judges to administer justice to all, irrespective of being rich or poor on grounds that judicial power is derived from the people.
The president made these remarks on Tuesday morning during a function in which six new judges of the High Court took oath at State House, Entebbe.
Those sworn-in as high court judges are; David Matovu, Jessica Naiga Ayebazibwe, Patricia Basaza Wasswa, and Margaret Mutonyi. Asaph Ruhinda Ntengye was sworn in as the “Chief Judge” of the Industrial Court while Lillian Tumusiime Mugisha will also be deployed to the same court as a judge.
The President also asked them to deal away with the popular saying that the poor will never win a case. He was further quoted to have asked the new judges not to grant bail to hard core suspects who commit capital offenses like murder, rape treason and defilement.
The swearing in of the four high judges now brings the total number of high court judges in the country to 60.
But according to the Principal Judge Yorokamu Bamwine, the high court administrative head, the court still has big shortfall of judges. He observed that in comparison to the rate at which cases are filed, the number of judges at the High Court should be between 130 and 150 judges if Ugandans are to get value for money. The approved number of high court judges is 82
He however says that the 82 judges, including the Principal Judge, were presumed adequate since 2009 to perform at optimum level but there was still case backlog.
With the swearing-in of the new judges who were appointed to the Bench early this year, the Principal Judge is now awaited to deploy them to new stations and start judicial work.
Additional Reporting From URN