Kampala, 10 November, 2020 / 11:16 pm (ACI Africa).
Religious leaders in the East African nation of Uganda have raised concerns over corruption bedeviling the country’s courts and called on the relevant administrative stakeholders to root out the vice.
The religious leaders who constitute the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) raised the concerns during their Monday, November 9 meeting with the country’s Chief Justice, Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo alongside other senior judiciary staff.
“Some of the Judicial Officers are not ashamed of asking for bribes,” the chairperson of IRCU’s Council of Presidents, Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje has been quoted as saying during the November 9 meeting.
Noting that judicial officers use the court clerks to ask for bribes, the leader of the umbrella body that brings together religious leaders including Catholic Bishops added, “Many litigants are unable to get bail refunds because the money is taken from them in cash by the judicial officers.”
Besides corruption, the representatives of the 19-year-old interreligious entity also expressed concerns about a host of other issues including reported abuse of judicial authority and lack of integrity, trying cases outside court jurisdiction, case backlogs, as well as mediation without integrity.