The Chief Justice Condemns Nabbanja’s Interference With Judicial Independence

The Chief Justice Alfonse Owinyi-Dollo has asked the Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja to use her energy for better things other than interfering in the work of the judiciary.
The Chief justice of Uganda Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo
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On Monday 28, November 2022, judicial officers gathered at Mestil Hotel in Kampala for the annual Registrars and Magistrates’ Conference.

In his remarks, he stated that passed on a warning to Prime minister Robinah Nabbanja on not interfering with judiciary roles.

“I commend the Prime Minister for her zeal except for this time it was misplaced, We hear Isimba Dam was closed just after two months of its commissioning, there is no reliable power in Gulu, that’s where she should exercise zeal”.

Chief justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo also added that  Nabbanja’s actions are inappropriate in a country that has a constitution that acknowledges the judiciary as one of three equal and at the same time self-reliant arms of government.

Defending his judicial officers, Dollo uttered that he would not be full filling his duties and responsibilities if he would have just kept quiet over the actions of Nabbanja.

However, the Chief Justice’s remarks follow the decision by prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja to intervene in a court matter in which one Gertrude Nalule, who was facing imprisonment after failing to repay a 2.8 million shilling loan over a land dispute.

It should be noted that last Tuesday 22nd November Ms Robinah Nabbanja,  bailed out a widow and mother of seven after paying her outstanding debt of Shs2.8m.

This has prompted Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo to describe what happened at Mengo Magistrates Court last week as “unfortunate, unacceptable, a complete wrath”.

In summary, the Chief Justice emphasized the roles of the judiciary and passed on a message to ensure order in his department.

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