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Iganga Kadhi's Court to Hear 34 Cases :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Iganga Kadhi's Court to Hear 34 Cases

Omojo accuses the Baise Igulu clan of illegally occupying his 7 acre piece of land located in Buligo zone in Iganga municipality, which he inherited from his aunt Amina Biribawa.

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The Iganga Kadhi's court is conducting a special session to hear 34 cases. Some of the cases being heard include divorce petitions, land disputes and resolving disputes in the distribution of the wealth of deceased family heads.

The court is chaired by  Sheikh Sinani Muwanika, the Kadhi Iganga Muslim district who is assisted a panel of three assessors. While opening the court session early this week at his office, Sheikh Sinani Muwanika explained that Kadhi courts operate under the teachings of the holy Koran.

He however, explained that they will not handle any criminal cases since they involve seeking proof and evidence from various witnesses. Sheikh says they are expected to conclude the cases within a period of four months. Majority of the cases lined up for hearing where earlier on filed in high court but were withdrawn by the petitioners and transferred to the Kadhi's court.

One of such cases is a land dispute involving Baise Igulu clan and Abdala Asuman Omojo. Omojo accuses the Baise Igulu clan of illegally occupying his 7 acre piece of land located in Buligo zone in Iganga municipality, which he inherited from his aunt Amina Biribawa.

According to Omojo he has issued the clan several notices for the last ten years to vacate his land in vain, which has left him with no option but resort to the Kadhi court for arbitration. Section 129 of the Ugandan constitution provides for Kadhi courts.  Section 129 (1) states that, the Judicial power of Uganda shall be exercised by the courts of judicature which shall consist of.

(d) such subordinate courts as parliament may by the law establish, including Qadhis courts for marriage, divorce, inheritance of property and guardianship, as may be prescribed by parliament.

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