The funding is to cater for operationalisation of newly gazetted courts, transport equipment, implementation of new staff structure, construction and renovation of courts, innovation in case management and disposal of cases.
With this position, Uganda trails neighbours Rwanda at 37th position, Kenya (102nd) and Tanzania (93rd). Kenya and Rwanda improved by three places each while Tanzania stayed in the same position as last year. Burundi and South Sudan were not ranked.
According to the statement, six of the sessions will be held at the Land Division in Kampala targeting 120 cases. Five other sessions will be held at Mukono, Mbale, Masaka, Mpigi, Kabale and Jinja High Courts.
Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze says they have received reports that members of the ruling party are scheming for a constitutional amendment suggesting that the president should be elected through the Electoral College as opposed to the Adult Suffrage system which has been used over the years.
The Judiciary was queried for banking bail deposits on the Consolidated Fund account instead of the bail account in the Central bank, failure to account for 761 million Shillings paid to State Briefs and the accumulation of domestic arrears arising out of unpaid utilities, rent, expenses on cleaning services and motor vehicle maintenance, among others.
The Judiciary has objected to the presence of the Secretary to the Treasury and the Solicitor General on a proposed Judiciary Advisory Committee. The Judiciary Advisory Committee is provided for in the Administration of the Judiciary Bill that is currently before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee for scrutiny.
The Bill seeks to provide for and strengthen the independence of the Judiciary. The proposed law is meant to operationalize articles in the constitution that deal with the Judiciary as an independent arm of government.
In one the cases, Amina Miiro, a disabled widow was thrown out of her land on the orders of the chief magistrates court without being given a chance to defend herself. Amina, a resident of Kabale in Isingiro district narrated her ordeal to the principal judge prompting him to ask the resident judge Duncan Gaswaga to take action.