The Masaka Chief Magistrate Sylvia Nvannungi, the Masaka Chief Magistrate indicates that almost 89 percent of these backlog cases are land civil disputes that arose from the rulings delivered in lower courts.
The Masaka Chief Magistrates Court registry is overwhelmed by land cases which form the biggest case
Overall the Chief Magistrate’s registry currently has a case backlog
of 179 pending files that have been in the system for over three years.
The Masaka Chief Magistrate Sylvia Nvannungi, the Masaka Chief
Magistrate indicates that almost 89 percent of these backlog cases are land
civil disputes that arose from the rulings delivered in lower courts.
Speaking to members of the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
Committee who were on tour to assess the working conditions of Judicial
officers, Nvannungi observed that the backlog has been building up because the
station has only two magistrates.
She explains that the high number of land-related cases demands for deliberate interventions that can streamline the land justice administration
systems in the country.
the backlog clearance…
Cue out; ….handling
She indicates that in addition to the limited number of
senior-level magistrates that can handle these appeals, the station does not
have the required financial resources and motor vehicles to facilitate their field
visits, hence leading to the pile up of these cases.
Nvannungi appealed to the Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee
to support their demands especially in matters that require them to
visit areas of land disputes for proper assessment of evidence.
“what are the practical ….
Cue out; ….
achieved their goal.”//
On the other hand, Nvannungi also observed the need for heightening security around magistrates, arguing that they equally
handle highly sensitive matters that can cause serious threats to their lives
both at the places of work and at home.
Robbina Rwakoojo, the Chairperson of the Legal and
Parliamentary Affairs Committee indicated that they appreciate the concerns
raised by the judicial officers, saying that it will shape debate during the
interface with the relevant authorities, towards forging a way of improving
Luganda //Cue in: “tuba tuzze
However, to address the challenge of transport for the judicial officers,
Wilfred Niwagaba, the Member Parliament for Ndorwa county proposes that government
adopt the idea of a vehicle co-ownership scheme for all its civil servants to
reduce public expenditure.
Under the scheme, an officer is allowed to borrow money for
procuring vehicles for their respective official duties and are allowed to
retire with the cars, instead of the government entirely taking the burden of