Anthony Jabwor, the Kotido Resident State Attorney says that many people in Kotido don’t register complaints with the police or through the formal justice system but opt for the traditional justice system.
Wangutusi, the Head of the Justice Law and Order Sector Integrity Committee has
lauded Kotido Magisterial Area for the speedy trial of cases.
observed that Kotido Magisterial Area that handles Abim, Kaabong and Kotido
districts was free of case backlog, which occur when courts fails to dispose of
cases within a space of two years.
Kotido Chief Magistrate, Robert Imalingat indicates that there are only 229
cases since 2018. He notes that 42 of the cases are before the Chief
Magistrate’s Court, 21 Grade I Magistrate and 23 grade II Magistrate.
adds that most of the cases are related cattle thefts, aggravated robbery,
defilement and rape.
Wangutusi, who was in Kotido to assess the delivery of justice, described the
performance as ‘satisfactory’.
He said the fact that magistrates deliver justice within the
space of two years means that the justice system in Kotido has attained the
target of avoiding case backlog.
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Anthony Jabwor, the Kotido Resident State Attorney says that
many people in Kotido don’t register complaints with the police or through the formal
justice system but opt for the traditional justice system.
He said despite some cases being brought to court, the
warring parties negotiate and resolve their matter out of court.
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The team also visited Kotido Central Police station and
Kotido government Prisons.
At the police station, the committee heard that one
of the challenges is limited facilitation for detectives to reach crime due
scenes to logistical constraints.
Although Kotido magisterial area is said to be free from case
backlog, local leaders recently made a call for the speedy trail of cases of cattle
theft in the area.
Samuel Mpimbaza observed that delayed trial makes other perpetrators to engage
in the same acts.
He added that
some witnesses lose interest in the case due to the prolonged justice system.