Yesterday during the Annual Judges Conference at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe pulled what has come to be known as the famous Magufuli’s stunt when he announced that Judges and other judicial officers will not be allowed to travel abroad for workshops and seminars unless they have disposed of the case backlog pending before them.
“Funding for foreign travel, which has eaten into the operational budget of the judiciary, will be minimised and savings applied to funding court sessions and operations.” Mr Katureebe said
The conference which was organized under the theme, ‘promoting the rule of law in Uganda through judicial accountability and excellence’, emphasized that the new ensures efficient utilisation of official time.
“We lose a lot of judicial time on travels abroad and attending workshops or seminars that are not essential or do not add value to the courts. Judicial officers will be allowed to travel abroad if the judicial calendar permits. Priority must be given to adjudication of cases.” He added.
He further mentioned that the deputy Chief Justice, Principal Judge and the Chief Registrar will be responsible for clearing the traveling judicial individuals before submitting their trip applications to the Chief Justice for final clearance.
In the same vain, he urged Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to help champion this move of increasing number of high court judges from the current 51 to 82 on the floor of parliament while explaining that lack of enough judges is to blame for poor performance in the judiciary.