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State of International Crimes Division Worries MPs

The investigations follow a directive by the speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga based on concerns by Gulu Municipality MP Lyandro Komakech that the poor state of infrastructure at the International Crimes Division at the High Court is affecting judicial processes. He said the courtrooms under ICD were appalling and embarrassing.
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga chairing the afternoon plenary session.

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The Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee is taking up investigations into the state of the International Crimes Division and ensure that it is adequately funded to work. 

The investigations follow a directive by the speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga based on concerns by Gulu Municipality MP Lyandro Komakech that the poor state of infrastructure at the International Crimes Division at the High Court is affecting judicial processes. He said the courtrooms under ICD were appalling and embarrassing.  

Established in 2008 as the War Crimes Division, the facility was later renamed the International Crimes Division of the High Court. But despite its significance, “Justice is being dispensed at a painful level,” Komakech said adding that its poor financing has contributed to delays in disposal of cases assigned to the Court.   

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Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana says there has been disharmony between the International Crimes Division and other Divisions of the High Court since its inception. He, however, noted that a mechanism has been put in place to harmonize the International Crimes Division and the other divisions of the High Court, starting with a vote in the budget for the financial year 2020/2021. 

But, Rukutana’s submission was cut short by a query raised by Busiro East MP Medard Lubega Ssegona inquiring how the court will deal with suspects who are already rotting in Prisons, in what appears like a deliberate ploy to delay justice.   

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Rukutana later said that the funding of the International Crimes Division could be handled effective this financial year.  

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His shift on the matter further evoked questions on the operations of the court which, according to Ssegona has judges who are ready to work but cannot hear cases due to poor funding.    

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The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga directed that the matter should immediately be followed up by the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee.  

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