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Judges meet today to decide on strike

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe earns Shs20m. The judges will meet today to decide on the strike.

KAMPALA–The Uganda Judicial Officers’ Association (UJOA) will today, Monday, hold an extra-ordinary general meeting at the High Court in Kampala to discuss the way forward regarding their strike that was put on hold in September pending government action.

The judges in September voted to suspend their strike until December 11 as they await to hear from government over their pay. But according to UJOA president Godfrey Kaweesa, they will meet today and hear the government side regarding their grievances.

“We expect to hear from Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Kahinda Otafiire and thereafter we will decide on whether to resume the strike or not,” Kaweesa told PML Daily.

Judicial officers in August this year laid down their tools over what they term as poor pay and poor working conditions.

According to the current pay structure, the Chief Justice earns Shs20 million, his deputy Shs18m and the principal judge takes home Shs10m.

A Supreme court judge earns Shs9.6m and a judge of the Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court gets Shs9.3m. High court judges earn Shs 9 million each whereas Grade II magistrates earn Shs737, 837 per month.

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