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Katabi Town Council Court Revived

According to the local council courts act 2006, every village, parish, town, division and sub-county is mandated to have a court. The courts consist of executive members of the given local council setting.

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Katabi town council has revived the local council court. This follows the election of village and parish chairpersons who constitute the court. 

Last year, the court had been labelled illegal by the then Entebbe Chief Magistrate Mary Kaitesi since the LC 1 chairpersons hadn't been elected. 

According to the local council courts act 2006, every village, parish, town, division and sub-county is mandated to have a court. The courts consist of executive members of the given local council setting.

The courts are mandated to handle cases in civil nature especially those governed by the customary law, infringement on by-laws and ordinances made by the local government act, matters relating to the children's act and those relating to land. 

However, the courts aren't mandated to give judgements valued beyond 25 currency points unless they seek advice from the area chief magistrate. 

Mary Ssekakoni was appointed the Chairperson of the court while Kiddu Sserumaga, Ndiwalana James, Lillian Ndagire and Dominic Mukopi were appointed members of the court.

The town clerk will act as the secretary. 

Katabi town council chairperson Ronald Kalema says the court has been revived to boost the delivery of justice to the people in the area. 

//Cue in: “Kati kooti y'egombolola …

Cue out: … tezibadde mu mateeka.”// 

He, however, cautioned the appointed members against being biased. 

//Cue in: “naye nabagambye obukulembeze …

Cue out: … will recognize you.”//

Ssekakoni, says that the team is ready to administer justice with the sub-county. The court covers areas of Kisubi, Katabi, Abayita ababiri, Kawuku, Kitubulu, Nkumba, Mpala and Kitara. 

It also acts as an appellant court for people who had cases in the LC1 and LC2 courts.