MINISTERS GANG UP ON CJ OWINY DOLLO, FOCUSSING HIM ON WAYS IN WHICH THE JUDICIARY HAS LET DONW UGANDANS
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By Mulengera Reporters
To their credit, the organizers of this year’s Budget Conference (aimed at strategizing over things that must be prioritized for the next FY2022/2023) secured the presence of almost all people who matter in this country including leaders of the relevant Parliamentary committees, several Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, heads of MDAs, the Prime Minister Robinah Nabanja Musafiri, the Vice President Jessica Alupo (represented the President) and ofcourse the Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo who used the event to lobby for expanded allocation of resources to enable the Judiciary decentralize its services and be able to serve Ugandans better.
The Chief Justice eloquently made out his case showing that, unless the funding allocation is increased the JLOS institutions’ efforts to deepen service delivery will continue to be frustrated and remain a pipe dream. But using the plenary session that was chaired by the Prime Minister Nabanja, several Ministers poured scorn on the CJ’s presentation and generally used the event to register their displeasure regarding the judiciary’s ineptness.
One of these Ministers was Mary Mugasha (state for Public Service) who asserted that most of the judges working under Owiny Dollo’s supervision are anti-government and always exhibit bias when faced with court disputes in which the GoU is a party. That in most cases, judges connive to ensure the government loses the cases and proceed to use that as cover to extort the same government into parting with billions of shillings in curious damages.
“After acting so unpatriotically like that, where then do you as judiciary expect government to get the money from and increase your budget allocation?” Mugasha ranted as others pensively loooked on. Perhaps because of the way Nabanja was harrassing her to end her submission in the interest of time, Mugasha didn’t cite examples of the court cases which biased judges, as she called them, have over the years been maliciously deciding against government to enable litigants make quick money through unjust enrichment. Neither did the naturally very belligerent CJ Dollo who was still present, having spoken earlier, get the opportunity to fight back.
In case Dollo thought that was all, he then was up for real shock because, unexpectedly even the Finance Minister Matia Kasaija to whom the funding requests had been directed (senior as he is) had no kind words for the judiciary whose ineptness he talked about while disclosing how he has been protesting the same to their PS Pius Bigirimana. “If you as judges, decide to sit on cases (in Commercial Division) worth Shs4trns for all these years, where do you expect me to get the money from?” Kasaija said clarifying that those pending commetcial disputes relate to transactions from which the GoU can potentially realize huge sums of money in taxable obligations. Dollo unfortunately never had the opportunity to respond to this too. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at email@example.com).