Ugandan President Condemns Unethical Legal Practices at East African Magistrates and Judges Conference

KAMPALA,( UG) –President Yoweri Museveni is concerned about unscrupulous legal practitioners who have turned the Judiciary into a pawnshop to influence judgements.

The President’s dissatisfaction is contained in a statement read on his behalf by the Vice President, Maj (Rtd) Jessica Alupo Epel, during the East African Magistrates and Judges Conference (EAMJA) at the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort in Kampala, yesterday.

President Museveni stated that some so-called good lawyers are just crafty, to the extent that they access and influence judicial officers and court staff to favour their clients against the law, acts of corruption and negotiated justice that in the end, erode people’s trust in the Judiciary. According to the president, this has resulted in great injustice and suffering.

The President observed that public trust is the cornerstone of the dispensation of quality justice, and advised on harnessing the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in court processes to achieve public trust in African Judiciaries. He also said the Ugandan government will render any possible support in the building of judicial confidence at national, regional, continental and international levels.

The Conference has attracted delegates from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Uganda, the East African Court of justice, Lesotho, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Zanzibar, and the Commonwealth Magistrates and Judges Association (CMJA).