KAMPALA – The Permanent Secretary/Secretary to Judiciary, Mr. Pius Bigirimana has said that the problem of Judiciary is not money but rather its utilization, arguing that the government should focus and allocate funds to “those items that matter.”
Bigirimana was on Tuesday was at the Commercial Court for a needs assessment following an invite by the head of the Court, Justice Dr Henry Peter Adonyo.
Justice Adonyo, flanked by Judges Susan Abinyo and Boniface Wamala, said it was important for the PS/SJ to witness first-hand the pressing challenges and needs of the court.
The PS accompanied by the Under Secretary, Maureen Kasande, inspected the court premises, taking note of the different areas and things that need to be repaired at at the 11-year-old court building.
He went on to reassure the Court’s administration that gradually all issues identified will be handled according to their urgency and importance.
Some of the key areas identified were furnishing the court with up-to-date ICT equipment, completing the repainting and renovations of the building and installation of counter desks in the open registry.
Other problems identified include the faulty wiring system, building cracks, dysfunctional elevator, generator, lightening conductor, fire extinguishers, lack of an operational printer for the open registry, transcription equipment among others.
The court has in the recent past undergone partial but insufficient refurbishments as part of the Division’s efforts to reaffirm its position as a model court. The court’s face was partially painted, chambers of newly appointed judges furnished. Additionally, the court received 10 television sets, three refrigerators, four fans and four microwaves. These were fitted in the chambers of the different Judicial Officers at the Court.
The purchase and installation of book shelves and file cabinets is complete and as such the court’s files and archives have since been reorganized. During the inspection of the Archives, the PS commended the excellent record keeping practices of Bigirwa Fred, a Records Assistant, who oversaw the reorganization efforts.