The Chief Magistrate of Nakairipirit has said in a move to take justice closer to the people court sessions
will start next week in Amudat district.
Amudat is located about 32 kilometers east towards the Uganda – Kenya
His Worship Emmy Sayekwo says the extension of the bi-weekly court sessions to Amudat is a step toward improving access to justice and a cornerstone
in reducing crime through the justice system.
He was speaking after launching the Grade I court session
that was well attended at the district headquarters where the district has allocated
land for court premises on September 27th.
According to Sayekwo, the judiciary acted upon the
request of the local leaders and the commitment by the judiciary to ensure that
justice is properly accessible throughout the country.
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The first court sessions are due to start Monday next week
at Amudat town council.
At least 23 cases most of which are criminal in nature have been shortlisted
for the opening session which will be presided over by the Grade One magistrate.
The news about the court sessions moving to Amudat has excited both the
leaders and local residents who have been struggling to cover a distance of 32
kilometers from Amudat Town Council to Nakapiripirit where the sessions were being
The Amudat district Chairperson, Joseph Nangole Lobot says
that opening court sessions in the district is a right move in helping the vulnerable
access justice. He points out that it has been difficult for witnesses to report
to the court in Nakapiripirit, due to logistical
challenges and fatigue.
He hopes that taking sessions closer to the people means more
witnesses will be able to testify against suspects, because of proximity and
therefore justice will not be delayed.
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Maraka Chibet, a resident of Amudat Town Council says the development
will help administer justice to the community of Amudat where FMG that was
outlawed is still being practiced stealthily.
“There is still FMG, cattle thefts and general crimes. My
hope is that the court of law will punish those liable as an example for others
such that people desist from criminal acts,” said Chibet.