- The justices of the Appeal court then responded to the questions raised by the court attendants
- The session started in the afternoon after the justices held a brief with the Lawyers representing the various appellants
- The sessions that are head regionally, offers opportunity for the appellants to cut cost and have hope for justice instead of traveling to Kampala at all times
- Justice Kakuru opened the session on behalf of the Deputy Chief Justice in Arua with 51 cases to be handled in the next two weeks
By Our Reporter
Arua- Today, Justice Kenneth Kakuru and two other Justices, Izama Madrama and Ezekiel Muhanguzi have opened a criminal appeal session in Arua with 51 cases to be heard in the next two weeks.
Some of the locals who attended the opening session raised the questions and concerns on why there is delay in accessing justice due to various cases of adjournments. They also raised issues of how the poor can access Lawyers to help them in representation during hearing and at the time of appeal.
The justices later offered a ray of hope for the people who attended the court saying they would ensure that Justice is done. Justice Kakuru said sometimes, cases are adjourned because they could have been taken off but other duties in the various stations that they handle.
“Sometimes you could have a Lawyer who may be sick, the judge could have moved to a different location to hear cases. So, this may make cases of adjournment continue. But if your cases are delaying a lot, you can complain.”
Kakuru also condemned the acts of policemen who torture civilians during and after arrests. “The police have no right to torture citizens. The police are supposed to use reasonable force because the constitution says everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Even if a person is found stealing a phone, he/she should not be beaten,”
Justices Izama and Muhanguzi also responded to issues raised about corruption and they called upon the communities to start being responsible and report cases to the police and other relevant organisations.
One of the community members, Mr Guma who attended the court session asking questions about the session.
The Deputy Registrar, Ayebale Tumwebaze, while speaking to the media, said: “People always wants justice in two days, but this is not practically possible. And for instance, murder is not about how energetic you are, but you must follow the law and not engage in acts that results into murder. But we, the police and the religious leaders are trying to sensitize the people on issues of revenge.”
He added that: “Not every case should come to police or court because it’s painful and costly. To me the biggest cost is the relationship that you have because when you take your neighbor or friend to court over simple matter, it has a lot of effect on families.”
The judges will spend 30 days handling the sessions with the last two weeks for writing judgment.