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Buvuma Police Decry High Number of Suspects

Wabutwa says the cells at Buvuma Central Police station have a capacity of 20 suspects, but they end up with more than its capacity since they have to wait until Thursday to arraign them in court.
Buvuma District Police station

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Buvuma police are concerned about the high number of suspects in their cells. The Acting Buvuma District Police Commander, Timothy Malcom Wabutwa, blames the problem on the fact that the magistrate's court operates once a week.

The Buvuma grade II magistrate Rose Jolly Onyang only works on Thursday. As a result, the number of suspects piles in the police cells. Wabutwa says the cells at Buvuma Central Police station have a capacity of 20 suspects, but they end up with more than its capacity since they have to wait until Thursday to arraign them in court.

He explains that when the situation worsens, they release suspects with minor offenses on police bond.

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During his visit to Ssezibwa region last week, the police spokesperson, Emilian Kayima, said the number of judicial officers in the area is inadequate.

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The Buvuma woman member of parliament, Jennifer Nantume Egunyu wants the judiciary to address the problem of inadequate number of judicial officers in the area.

She says Buvuma needs a magistrate who will work 5 days a week just like courts in other districts.

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The Judiciary spokesperson Solomon Muyita, said they are aware of the problem, saying the magistrate who is supposed to work in Buvuma has another court in Bbale in Kayunga district and Nyenga in Buikwe district.

According to Muyita, the magistrate has to divide her time equally to attend to the three courts.

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