The Judiciary has purchased 59 vehicles and 50 motorcycles for a section of its staff to facilitate their movements while performing their judicial functions.
While addressing journalists in Kampala on Tuesday at the Judiciary Headquarters, the Permanent Secretary to the Judiciary Pius Bigirimana revealed that in this financial year 2021/2022, they have been able to purchase 59 vehicles to facilitate some of the judicial officers who didn’t have transport means.
The PS identified these to be a section of the Court of Appeal Justices, High Court Judges and Registrars whom he says will now be able to report to work in a timely manner and also safeguard their security and also to travel to hard to reach areas especially while dealing in land and criminal matters that require visiting the locus or scene of crime.
According to Bigirimana, the 50 motorcycles will be used by the court clerks and the court process servers when they are taking documents to people who have been sued or summoned to appear before courts of law thereby solving the problem of delay of cases that may be caused by people stating that they were not served.
On several occasions, the Judicial officers have raised a number of concerns to the top management of the Judiciary including lack of personal transport to work especially to visit the scenes of crime or locations saying that at times it hinders and delays the dispensation of effective justice to Ugandans.
Some have been raising concerns that they cannot share public transport for fear that the people whom they be judging in courts can harm them because of their judicial work which at the end also affects justice dispensation.
However, with the purchase of the said transport means which have cost the Judiciary a combined total of 14 billion shillings, Bigirimana is now optimistic that this will help in speeding up the work for the Judicial officers and also help them reduce on case backlog.
Asked if the purchase of these vehicles means that every judicial officer right now has a vehicle, Bigirimana indicated that the Judiciary in terms of transport distribution stands at 80 percent covered and that only 20 percent have not yet obtained personal government vehicles.
Bigirimana who also doubles as the Accounting Officer of the Judiciary has further warned the beneficiaries not to misuse the vehicles saying that they should do the purposes they have been purchased for.
He later took journalists to the High Court Compound where the vehicles that haven’t yet been distributed are parked and journalists saw the cars to be of Fortuner and Wagon Work Station type which have all been fitted with government number plates for the Judiciary.