January 22, 2015

Gulu Courts Closed over Disconnected Water Supply

The Court building in Gulu district is indefinitely closed over poor hygiene following the disconnection of water supply to the court building two weeks ago. The building hosts both the high court and the chief magistrate’s court.

Gulu court that handles cases from Amuru,Nwoya and Gulu was this morning announced closed by the Gulu grade one chief magistrate
Gulu court that handles cases from Amuru,Nwoya and Gulu was this morning announced closed by the Gulu grade one chief magistrate

Jean Kirungi, a senior accounting officer with National water and Sewerage Corporation in Gulu says the court was disconnected over unsettled water bills totaling to 2.3 million shs. The money accumulated over a period of one and a half years.

One Lawyer Walter Okidi Ladwar said that the entire water supply system is dysfunctional and the court premise is practically unusable.

The court building hosts between 200-300 visitors every day and according to Ladwar, such a number cannot be hosted without functional toilets.

However, David Nyeko, the Water Supply superintendent Gulu said that the judiciary cleared the payment this afternoon.

He says although the building remains closed, supply will be reconnected after receipt of a standing order indicating payment.

Meanwhile, several people were left stranded after trekking distances for cases that were scheduled to be heard today.

The court’s jurisdiction stretches to Amuru and Nwoya districts. About 40 suspects who were supposed to appear before court today have also been taken back to the cells pending the resumption of the court sittings.

Erias Kisawuzi the spokesperson of the Judiciary told our reporters on a phone that the disconnection resulted from a communication gap between the NWSC head office and the Gulu regional office. Kisawuzi adds that the matter had earlier been resolved.

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