Residents expressed their concern in a consultative meeting with Judicial Service Commission officials at the district magistrateâ€™s court offices recently.
Kalangala residents are demanding the immediate transfer of Kenneth Gimugu, the grade one magistrate saying he has overstayed in the district, which might compromise his work. They argue that because of serving long in Kalangala, Gimugu is familiar with top officials there saying this might affect his judgment when they appear before him.
Residents expressed their concern in a consultative meeting with Judicial Service Commission officials at the district magistrate’s court offices recently. Led by Edward Lubuye and Jackson Mutyaba, the residents said despite the fact that Gimugu has spent a good time in the district, they are worried that he has got so close to some politicians as well as businessmen, which might affect his impartiality when they get in conflict with the law.
Daniel Kikoola, the former Kalangala LC V chairperson also lamented the case backlog in the district due the limited number of judicial officers. Gimugu is the only magistrate in Kalangala district. Most of the cases are referred to Masaka high court. However kikoola said there is no quick and reliable means of transport to help the suspects reach Masaka safely.
He said there is need for the Judiciary to buy a new speed engine Boat to help the magistrate to move through the Islands to carry on judicial work. The Judicial Service Commission officials led by Assaf Ruhinda, the deputy registrar said they had noted the concerns of residents and promised to pronounce themselves soon.