KAMPALA – A total of 14 judicial officers from the Zimbabwean Judiciary will this week be in Uganda to benchmark on how to have an orderly, expeditious, efficient and cost effective forum for adjudication of corruption and corruption-related cases.
This was revealed by the Head of the Anti -Corruption Division (ACD) of the High Court, Justice Lawrence Gidudu, during a Court Users Meeting at its premises in Kololo last Thursday.
Judge Gidudu informed the meeting that following a request from the Zimbabwe Judiciary, ACD will later this month host six magistrates from Zimbabwe who will be in the country on a benchmarking exercise of the Division.
Similarly, the Court will next month host eight Judges from Zimbabwe for a similar exercise. This comes on the heels of a week-long training that the Head of Division had in Zimbabwe, with the Judiciary there, ahead of the establishment of anti-corruption courts.
The Judge equally informed the stakeholders that the Court has clocked 10 years which called for a celebration.
He called upon all stakeholders to work with the Court and the Judiciary Communications Unit to produce a comprehensive report on the 10 years of the Anti-Corruption Court.
The Judiciary Principal Communications Officer, Solomon Muyita, was tasked to identify a team of ACD court reporters and identify team leaders who will become peer trainers on matters pertaining reporting on the Court.
The meeting was informed that SUGARTAF was winding up next month and it was agreed that the Deputy Registrar would interact with JLOS to see how to best fill the gap.
According to Legal Notice No. 9 of 2009 which established the ACD, the Court Users Committee is an advisory body of the Division.
The Thursday meeting was chaired by the head of Division, Justice Gidudu with Judges; Margaret Tibulya, Jane Okuo Kajuga as well as all the Judicial Officers at the Division taking part. M
The meeting drew participants from the Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, Inspector General of Government, Justice Law and Order Sector, Uganda Police Force among others.