President Yoweri Museveni has today appealed to the newly appointed Judges and Justices to be fair and avoid corruption as they render service to the nation.

The President was speaking at the Swearing-in ceremony of the Judges of the Court of Judicature at State House, Entebbe.

The new Judges of the High Court who swore include Paul Walimbwa, Alex Makayi, Kakooza Sabiiti, Taddeo Asiimwe, Olive Mukwaya, Jane Frances Abodo, Sekaana Musa, Joyce Kavuma, Emmanuel Baguma, Patrick Wabwire and Ezekiel Muhanguzi of the Court of Appeal.

President Museveni told the newly appointed Judges that as they serve their country in the judicial system, they should strive to execute their duties while upholding and maintaining the reputation of the Courts as well as building trust and confidence among the population whom they serve.

“We talked about computerizing of records such that you don’t have to write but listen attentively. We also talked about facilitation to different sites especially in areas that have to do with land matters. We are aware of the logistics which may be out of your control but be fair; don’t be biased and don’t be corrupt because these two are very crucial,” he emphasized.

b
President Yoweri Museveni sharing a light moment with Justice Jane Francis Abodo and her family after swearing-in at State House Entebbe on Friday. PPU Photo
The President also urged the Judges to always analyze issues very carefully especially when it comes to procedures over substance, adding that procedures are important but sometimes can be technical.

“The other day we were discussing the granting of bail. People were arrested for threatening to cause violence so as to scare people away from voting. It is not a correct decision to bail them out before elections are done because they will continue scaring the people. Some judgments need you to look at substance rather procedure,” he remarked.

Mr. Museveni congratulated the appointed Judges and Justices and was happy to note that there is a growing list of young Judges in the country.