Judicial officers maintain their strike

By Benjamin Jumbe

The Uganda Judicial Officers Association has maintained that their strike is still on indefinitely.

This comes shortly after the Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Gen Kahinda Otafire called on the judicial officers to resume work as it addresses their concerns.

The association chairman Godfrey Kawesa tells KFM that while they are happy that government has come out to respond to their concerns, they will have to wait for the General Assembly to convene on Wednesday to decide on the matter.

He adds that the association executive will be meeting tomorrow to discuss the matter ahead of the general assembly.

Earlier government expressed commitment to addressing the judicial officers’ concerns, appealing to them to resume work immediately.

The strike which started over a week ago, has stalled work in the courts across the country.

Addressing journalists at Media Centre, the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Gen. Kahinda Otafire said as part of measures to improve their working conditions, government is to provide them with security and transport.

He has however said on matters of remuneration, government is waiting for the ministry of Public Service to come up with a comprehensive harmonized pay policy next month for all public servants.

Related, the police says the on-going strike by the judicial officers has greatly paralyzed their work.

The police spokesperson Asan Kasigye says at the moment police is not able to take suspects to court within the stipulated 48 hours.

He says the strike has affected several police stations across the country including Gulu police station and Shema police station in western region where suspects facing high profile cases have escaped after failing to be produced in court.

In Gulu, 10 suspects escaped on Friday under unclear circumstances.