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Judiciary Struggles With Limited Budget

According to Muyita, Shillings 30 billion is for wages, Shillings 5 billion for clearing domestic arrears, Shillings 4 billion pensions, and another Shillings 4 billion for purchasing vehicles, maintenance and some construction.

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The judiciary is far from achieving its desired budget to operate optimally, URN has learnt. The Judiciary Spokesperson, Solomon Muyita, says they need at least Shillings 300 billion. 

Government has allocated the judiciary Shillings 128 million in the 2018/2019 financial year. According to Muyita, Shillings 30 billion is for wages, Shillings 5 billion for clearing domestic arrears, Shillings 4 billion pensions, and another Shillings 4 billion for purchasing vehicles, maintenance and some construction.

The judiciary will remain with barely Shillings 100 billion for its operations, which Muyita says is insufficient. Due to the limited funding the judiciary is unable to increase the number of judicial officers.

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According to Muyita, because of the limited funding the judiciary has only 30 operational information desks countrywide, which denies citizens access to information on their cases and court procedures.

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The Judiciary Permanent Secretary, Kagole Expedito Kivumbi admits the money is insufficient, but says they will try to operate within the limited resources.

The Judiciary is an independent arm of government that derives its power from Article 128 of the 1995 Constitution of Uganda. It is co-equal with the Executive and Legislature. 

Article of the Constitution 128 (6) provides that the Judiciary shall be self-accounting like Parliament and may deal directly with the Ministry responsible for finance in relation to its finances.

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