The new Deputy Attorney
General Jackson Kafuuzi has said his first role in the Attorney General’s Office
will be to deal with questionable court awards that are currently draining the
Kafuuzi also the Kyaka South MP was on Wednesday sworn
in at a function at State House Entebbe after a whole month of waiting
following his appointment as Deputy Attorney General. The Appointments
committee which vets Ministers had queried Kafuuzi’s experience as an advocate
for the High Court, but later cleared him.
Now in an interview, Kafuuzi
says that he is happy to take on the role and hopes to make some transformation
in the office.
Government is currently struggling with billions of shillings in unpaid court
awards and compensations, but some of them are questionable. Kafuuzi said he will be
all out to work with the different people and see how best to strengthen the system to
stop the hemorrhaging of resources.
He says he will also ensure that during his tenure the first
excuse is of understaffing is worked on to facilitate work.
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He hopes that all these processes will improve how the Attorney
General’s office handles the processes so that the public perception changes
and improves on the office.
Kafuuzi also said he will learn from other senior and
experienced persons in the office. According to Kafuuzi, learning in the legal profession does not stop, and he hopes that he will consult widely with more experienced persons and people who have held or worked in that office.
In August last year, the
Public Accounts Committee-PAC of Parliament expressed concern at the huge
amounts of unpaid court awards and compensations worth Shillings 663.9 billion.
Some of the claims arise from cases of land compensation, evictions, war
claims, recommendations from the Human Rights Commission arising from torture
of civilians among others.
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