Prosecutor’s strike paralyses court business

By Ruth Anderah:

A strike by prosecutors has paralysed business in most courts in Kampala and Entebbe Municipality.

The prosecutors have laid down their tools on grounds that they are poorly paid.

Prosecutors under their umbrella organisation Uganda Association of Prosecutors last month gave the government a 14 day ultimatum to increase their salaries and secure promotions for those on lower ranks who have been serving for quite a long period of time.

Prosecutors earn between Shs 500,000 and more than shs 1,000,000 depending on one’s rank.

Some of the courts affected by today’s industrial action include Mengo, LDC, Anti-corruption court, High court, Buganda Road and City Hall Court.

They have all adjourned cases which had been scheduled for today.

The strike also saw the bail application ruling of Lwamafa and Christopher Obey read in the absence of a state prosecutor at the Court of Appeal.

Only cases   prosecuted by the IGG and those that are privately prosecuted by lawyers are on-going.

It is not clear how long this industrial action will last.

Earlier today, the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, Paul Gadenya issued a press statement saying they had reportedly agreed with the Director of Public Prosecution including Mike Chibita to call off the industrial action, a claim the prosecutors have not confirmed.