Inspectorate bodies cautioned against embezzlement of funds in gov’t institutions
The committee of parliament on legal affairs has cautioned the inspectorate bodies on the rampant vice of corruption and embezzlement of funds in government institutions. The committee which is on a regional tour assessing the state of the high courts, their working conditions and assessing the challenges they face, yesterday held a meeting at the high court in Mbarara.
Muhumuza Didus, the assistant high court registrar told the committee that their biggest challenge is case back log where he said that at the beginning of February they had 1,008 criminal cases which have not been disposed off and 2,254 civil cases as compared to last year which he attributed to understaffing in their judicial sector.
He further told the committee that the high rate of case backlog has been caused by the rampant murders and cattle theft in the region where he requested that suspected cattle thieves should not be granted bail.
Fox Odoy Oryem, the chairman of the committee said that they are instructed by the parliament to oversee and investigate on the working conditions of legal institutions.
However , Garuye Ruhindi a renown lawyer of Garuye and company advocates blasted the committee for having not invited the members of the public who have pressing issues. He said that they never even allowed reactions from human rights bodies calling it wastage of time and government resources.