Uganda justice system doing well, says minister

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Uganda High Court

In the justice system, the disposal rate of cases is being addressed with a case backlog reduction strategy, Finance, Planning & Economic Development minister, Hon. Matia Kasaija, has said.

Kasaija who was delivering the national budget speech at Serena hotel in Kampala Thursday, said access to justice for juveniles has improved with juvenile cases being fast-tracked and 71% receiving noncustodial sentences.

Furthermore, 98% of infrastructure to be built under the Justice Sector Strategic Plan have been completed and will be commissioned by December 2017.

In addition, Government amended the Leadership Code to permit confiscation of properties acquired through corruption.

In order to eliminate corruption in public offices, the Inspectorate of Government has established a directorate to specifically handle high profile corruption cases.

Its core function is to expeditiously and efficiently investigate alleged cases of high profile and syndicated corruption in the public offices resulting into prosecutions, asset recovery and administrative Sanctions.

This will mainly focus on cases coming from key sectors of roads, transport and infrastructure, education, health, and cases of high public interest and impact and which require highly specialised knowledge, skills and tools to investigate.

Kasaija said Government has strengthened the enforcement of the leadership code through implementation of the online wealth declaration system.

This is aimed at easing the processing of declaration and analysis.

The Financial Intelligence Authority has also been strengthened to deliver on Anti-Money laundering targets and strong collaboration with institutions implementing the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Counter terrorism financing measures.