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Judge risks de-registration from judicial officers’ body

By Ruth Anderah The head of the Criminal Division of the High Court Justice Wilson Kwesiga risks being de-registered as a member of the Uganda Judicial Officers’ Association. This is after violating one of the association’s resolutions stated earlier by the president Godfrey Kaweesa not to report to work today as they start their strike over poor working conditions. While most court rooms today remained deserted or closed across the country, Justice Kwesiga has convened court and sentenced robbery suspects to 20 years each in prison after they pleaded guilty to the offense. Judges and magistrates resolved to lay down their tools protesting low salaries which they say are way below the scale as compared to their counterparts in the …

Regional central banks urged to fight terrorism financing

By Moses Kyeyune Central Banks in the East African region have been asked to form synergies to combat terrorism financing and money laundering. The call has been made by the Governor of Bank of Uganda, Prof Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, at the East African Monetary Affairs Committee meeting held in Kampala on Friday morning. The meeting held at the Central Bank was also attended by the Burundian central bank governor. Mutebile says the region is faced with risks that come with growing use of E-currency amid inadequate regulatory measures. The governor’s call comes at a time authorities in Uganda have cautioned the public against dealing in crypto currency, since it is not a legal tender and the bank has no jurisdiction …

Bride misses wedding over Judicial officers strike

 By Ruth Anderah  The on-going judges’ and magistrate’s strike has already started affecting litigants as one of the bride to be  will miss her wedding tomorrow because the presiding magistrate Peter Fred Lochomin has not convened court today to deliver her bail application ruling. The unidentified female suspect has been part of a group of Luzira prison inmates who have been driven back on remand this morning as the judicial officers’ strike kicked off. According to reliable sources from the Anti-Corruption Court, having her wedding set for tomorrow was one of the strong reasons this female suspect had advanced in her bail application. Related Stories………   Judicial officers on strike over welfare issues

Judicial officers’ strike paralyses work in court rooms

By Ruth Anderah: Judicial work has for the second time come to a standstill, this time after all judges and magistrates across the country commenced their industrial action in protest against what they call the continued marginalization of the judiciary as the third arm of government. According to the president of the Uganda Judicial Officers’ Association Godfrey Kaweesa, this is exhibited in the poor welfare and low salaries that they earn. He says the strike is indefinite until a general meeting is reconvened for judicial officers to deliberate on the next course of action. Kaweesa adds that the administrative circulars issued yesterday by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe and Chief Registrar Paul Gadenya cannot vacate the judicial officers’ resolution from …

Govt to introduce new regulations on simcards

By Kyeyune Moses: Government is considering new regulations which will prohibit street vending of simcards, and telecom companies will face sanctions on every active unregistered cards. According to the Minister of Security, Rtd Maj Gen Henry Tumukunde, the regulations have been benchmarked from Nigeria and Kenya. Nigeria recently slapped a fine of 1000 USD to telecom companies on each unregistered simcards in use, while in Kenya Communications Authority has set fines to a tune of Ksh 100,000 (USh 3.4 Million) or a six months jail term for using an unregistered simcards. Gen Tumukunde who has been appearing before Parliament’s Committee on Information and Communications Technology says that if the new regulations are adopted, the country might be saved from escalating …