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Two Magistrates Dismissed From Service For Corruption

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has dismissed two magistrates from the Judiciary after they were found guilty of corruption. Those dismissed include; Kisoro District Grade One Magistrate David Kaaye Cheptuke and Jinja Grade Two Magistrate, Okitwi Odutu.
The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has dismissed two magistrates from the Judiciary after they were found guilty of corruption.

 

Those dismissed include; Kisoro District Grade One Magistrate David Kaaye Cheptuke and Jinja Grade Two Magistrate, Okitwi Odutu.

 

The duo was dismissed from the Judicial Service Commission basing on section 46 of the Anti Corruption Act. The Act states that a person who is convicted of an offense under sections 2,3,4 and 25 shall  be disqualified from holding a public office for a period of ten years from his or her conviction.

 

In a letter dated May 8 and signed by Secretary Kagole Kivumbi, JSC held that the commission at its 35th meeting on April 30th 2013, under minute 188/2013 (II) resolved that Okitwi Odutu and David Kaaye Cheptuke be dismissed from the Judicial service with immediate effect.

 

Kagole in his letter also noted that he had communicated this decision to both the Secretary to the Judiciary and the Chief Registrar for implementation.

 

The dismissal of the magistrates was initiated by Inspector General of Government, Justice Irene Mulyagonja, who wrote to the recruitment body of the judicial officers (JSC) recommending their dismissal from the service.

 

Cheptuke was found guilty by the Anti Corruption Court of corruptly receiving Shs100,000 from one Angela Uweyezu. The money was an inducement to release on bail her siblings, Denis Musekura and Richard Nterenganya, who were facing charges of malicious damage to property in his court.

 

But being dissatisfied with the conviction and sentence, Cheptuke appealed in the Court of Appeal. He was however, unsuccessful as the Court of Appeal recently upheld the High Court ruling that found him guilty of receiving the bribe. He is currently at Luzira Prison serving his one year jail term.

 

On the other side, Magistrate Okitwi was found guilty of corruptly soliciting and receiving a gratification of 200,000 shillings. The money in question was an inducement to release a suspect who was before his court in 2010.

 

Okitwi was tried at the Anti Corruption Court by Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa, who found him guilty of the same and subsequently sentenced him to 12 months imprisonment.

He served his sentence and was discharged from prison on August 1, 2012.

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