Uganda has the most Corrupt judicial officers – Shivan Alinda

Yesterday, I sat down and listened to two young human rights activists and still students in different institutions. They were talking about the judiciary, corruption and young people. The fact is that the judiciary is the trustee and fundamental rights of the people. It has the power of judicial review over the presented cases, did you that?

The Constitution empowers the judiciary to issue several writs. The jurisdiction often exercised by the constitutional courts is to issue and to enforce the performance of public functions and mandatory duties by the state

With the decline of purity in social justice and the onset of corruption and inefficiency in public services, the judiciary has been assuming more and more power over the state. You can disagree with me if you want. This has come to be known in the country. The judicial hasn’t earned or enabled the young people to secure prompt relief and protection of their rights

Yes, the judiciary has some inherent limitations. Judges are appointed and not elected. The judiciary does not have any investigation agency of its own to verify the truth or it’s me who is wrong?  They have never assessed the impact of its commands on young people and the notions formed by the judges and reflected in their opinions depend on their own teachings and upbringing, which may not necessarily be reflective of the public opinion

Several well-known instances from the past decades show some judicial commands have created a lot of confusion and misunderstanding and felt it’s no longer efficient

I can say with confidence that generally, the judiciary hasn’t done anything to support young people because of the money, and they have to power to go deep into the matter before planning the judgement or making decisions

The oath taken by every judge is inter alia of being bold and independent. The judges shall never succumb to any pressure but have they been working independently? The social justice has always been in favour of those with money

Faced with any extraordinary adversity such as a pandemic taking over the country, the government is suddenly called upon to act on multiple fronts. Whatever good is done is often lost sight of and a casual view is formed that government has failed to act with the speed

It catches public attention and, sometimes, those who assume for themselves the role of flag-bearers. The media, print, electronic may have failed in adequately highlighting the negative part of the injustices

Reading court cases has made me learn that too much judicial activism may turn out to be counter-productive. It may obstruct the normal functioning and divert the attention of public officials in collecting material for being placed before the court

It is common knowledge that during the coronavirus pandemic, some cartoonists and news reports have not hesitated in using photographs to highlight that the situation is grim. By the time such designs are exposed, it may be too late. The country is passing through testing times. There are problems handed down to the present from the past, developed over the years 

The coronavirus is not alone right now! There are job losses, hunger, deaths from preventable diseases and so on. More the problems, more the need to concentrate on fighting adversities, public functionaries working day and night need to be checked in  

Watch this video below; Shivan and Shubrah are talking about judiciary, corruption and young people. Enjoy and don’t forget to leave a comment.

Young people's perspective on the efficiency and effectiveness of judiciary in the fight against corruption in Uganda

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Posted by Global Platform Uganda on Thursday, July 16, 2020
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Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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