Kampala. Twenty nine new Grade One magistrates were on Friday sworn-in and immediately posted to their workstations across the country. Another 17 judicial officers, among them registrars, have separately been transferred to cover gaps upcountry.
This latest recruitment is the largest single for Grade One magistrates in many years, and brings their number countrywide to 163, far less than the required 336 for the 112 districts.
While officiating at the swearing-in function that was held at the High Court in Kampala, acting Chief Justice Steven Kavuma called upon the new magistrates to be “servants, but not masters” to those seeking justice.
“Article 126 of the Constitution says that judicial power is derived from the people. You are then the servants of the people you. Always remember that the people are your masters and don’t underestimate them while you perform your duties,” he said.
The new judicial officials must keep professional and ethical in execution of their duties, the acting head of the Judiciary said, and warned them against putting justice up for sale to the highest bidders.
Principle Judge Yorokamu Bamwine cautioned the new magistrates to stick to the oaths they took to act professionally at their work.
Chief Registrar Paul Gadenya Wolimbwa, who is responsible for the supervision and administration of the new entrants, urged them to always consult their seniors in the judicial profession whenever in doubt or confronted with an ethical matter.Judiciary spokesman Erias Kisawuzi said the transfers were aimed to re-distribute manpower in all 112 districts in the country
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