Mabirizi contends that Bigirimana as the Secretary to the Judiciary doesn’t have powers to alter cabinet decisions. He argues that there is no error as the Cabinet approved a 30 percent consolidated allowance, which changes with the change in salary.
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City lawyer, Hassan Male Mabirizi has dragged the Judiciary Permanent Secretary, Pius
Bigirimana to court for scrapping the 30 percent allowance for judicial
officials that was approved by cabinet in 2014.
He is jointly sued with the Attorney
General in a suit before the High Court Civil Division. The application stems from an August 27th,
2019 internal memo issued by Bigirimana addressed to court Registrars, their
Assistants and Magistrates clarifying their monthly salary and allowances.
has been an error in the monthly Judicial Allowances paid to the lower bench,
which has been inconsistent with the figures approved by cabinet as per the
Cabinet Extract number 19 of 2014,” reads the memo, a copy of which URN has
The extract states that cabinet resolved that
the Ministry of Public Service had approved a Consolidated Allowance of 30
percent of the salary of judicial officer payable per month.
However, Bigirimana notes is his
memo that “an error rose due to the automatic increase of judicial officers’
allowances on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System-IPPS by the Public
Service Ministry every time there is salary enhancement for the lower bench.”
Adding that, “The purpose of this memo
therefore is to correct the error and clarify that the monthly salary and
judicial allowance entitlement are not one and the same. While the salary may
increase, over time, this allowance is fixed as approved by cabinet.”
He explained that the Ministry of
Public Service has been duly notified of the error and the correct judicial
allowance figures will be reflected on the pay slips in the month of September,
But Mabirizi contends that
Bigirimana as the Secretary to the Judiciary doesn’t have powers to alter
cabinet decisions. He argues that there is no error as the Cabinet
approved a 30 percent consolidated allowance, which changes with the change in salary.
He contends that Bigirimana’s memo is illegal, irrational and
unreasonable adding that it undermines the independence of the Judiciary.
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In 2017, the judicial officers suspended their strike after
government committed to increase their salaries and cater for a number of
demands including providing them with adequate security and transport means.
Government is yet to fulfill its commitment on grounds that it is looking for a
mechanism of how to harmonize the issues of salary enhancements raised by
all civil servants.