Judiciary Succumbs To Counsel Ssemakadde’s Pressure, Secures New Premises For Supreme Court

Judiciary Succumbs To Counsel Ssemakadde’s Pressure, Secures New Premises For Supreme Court

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By Spy Uganda

The Judiciary top management has bowed to pressure and relocated the Supreme Court to Plot 5 Lourdel RD, opposite the Ministry of Health headquarters.

The Judiciary was severely criticized following their May 30 decision to indefinitely suspend the operations of the top court after a fire outbreak in its former premises at Kololo.

On Wednesday, November 23, 2022, one of local dailies published a critical opinion by human rights lawyer and activist, Isaac Ssemakadde, condemning the Supreme Court judges for earning billions yet they are not working due to the Judiciary’s failure to find alternative premises for the top court since the its closure on May 30 2022.

The judges were accused of earning more than Shs 1.7 billion of taxpayer money without working “merely because there is a building being renovated” and yet there are several alternatives available to them, including digital hearings, using a tent or some other premises.

On 25th November 2022, a three-member delegation from the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), led by the Chairperson Benjamin Kabiito, visited the new premises of the Supreme Court to confirm the readiness of the premises for occupation by the Judiciary.

The JSC Chairperson was accompanied by Commissioners; Norah Matovu and Hajji Lubega Waggwa Badru.

The Judiciary Permanent Secretary, Dr Pius Bigirimana, explained that the Supreme Court will temporarily occupy the third and fourth floors as they await to move to the new appellate court building at the Judiciary headquarters near Constitution Square.

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