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The court staff that had already been disrupted by the heavy deployment ahead of the appearance of three suspects in the murder case of former police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi was seen running up and down to organise their offices.
Members of the judiciary’s anti-corruption task force at Nabweru Chief Magistrate’s Court.

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There was panic at Nabweru Chief Magistrate’s Court in Nansana Municipality in Wakiso District on Thursday afternoon following an impromptu visit by the Judiciary Anti-Corruption task force.   

The court staff that had already been disrupted by the heavy deployment ahead of the appearance of three suspects in the murder case of former police spokesperson, Andrew Felix Kaweesi was seen running up and down to organise their offices.

“These are not here for suspects they are judiciary officers,” one of the staff who saw the team arriving at the main entrance was overheard alerting her colleague and as she rushed to wear her staff identity card.

On July 30, the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe appointed an eight-member Taskforce to investigate allegations of corruption in the Judiciary. 

Vincent Mugabo, the Judiciary Spokesperson says that they chose to visit Nabweru given the fact that it's one of the courts where complaints of extortion have been received.   

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Upon their arrival, the task force members led by the Inspector of Courts Dr. Immaculate Busingye called for a closed door meeting with all staff that lasted for almost two hours.

As the meeting was going on, there was a heated debate among people who had come to attend court. Alex Lutwaama, one of the people at court noted that corruption within the judiciary is slowly tagging price to justice.  

“We can no longer get justice as the rich can determine what is true and wrong using the power of money,” Lutwaama lamented.

The Former Nansana Municipality Member of Parliament, Wakayima Musoke who was at the court to bail out a suspect also decried corruption within judiciary. 

He was pessimistic that the task force will be able to name and shame implicated officers.

Mugabo notes that the task force is still carrying out investigations after, which they will submit a report to the appointing authority.

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