NRM MPs interfering with independence of judiciary – Chief Justice Katureebe

NRM MPs interfering with independence of judiciary - Chief Justice Katurebe
Uganda's Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe.

The Chief Justice of Uganda Bart Katureebe has said that some members of parliament from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) Party are trying to interfere with independence of the judiciary in the country.

Katureebe who was speaking at the commissioning of a Uganda Shillings 1.5 billion Justice center for Ibanda on Friday revealed that the judiciary has been treated as an enemy of the parliament after the constitutional court quashed a decision by legislators to extend their term of office from 5 to 7 years.

He revealed that there is a cross section of legislators who he says are not fit to be called representatives of the people.

The Chief Justice revealed that the independence of the Judiciary is key for Uganda and must be upheld. Katureebe added that the legislators have been issuing threats against the judiciary saying that they are not aware of what they are talking about.

Kahinda Otafiire, the Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs revealed that the establishment of justice centers in different districts is aimed at taking the services closer to the people.

He also urged residents to make good use of the judiciary to address their concerns. Eriasto Akatuhebwa, the Ibanda resident district commissioner called on court bailiffs to desist from the practice of extorting money from locals.

The Justice center hosts a new magistrates’ court, office of the director of public prosecution and a police station.