- The Ex-servicemen who spent five days in Nebbi town while processing their payment documents in court were made to pay over Shs 200,000 for stamping and signing of their documents
By Okaba Patrick
Nebbi- Officials at Nebbi chief magistrate court were under pressure by Ex-servicemen for alleged illegal charges while processing their payment documents.
The ex-servicemen were made to prepare their payment documents from court to meet their verification team sent from Bombo Military headquarters, but most of them missed the verification due to lack of money to pay court officials to ensure their documents are signed and stamped.
One of the Ex-servicemen, Sgt Albert Oyoma, said he started processing his documents in 1994 but due to high demand from court officials, he could not access his documents because he lacked funds for paying court officials.
“We fought war which brought peace in this country and we are being charged huge sum of money to secure our payment documents in court, how is this government operating now?” he asked.
He adds that some of his colleagues abandoned court due to high charges levied by some court officials for their personal gains.
Jackson Okello a resident of Rero Parish Akworo Sub-county who spent five days in processing the documents of his late father Obedling Gabriel said he was made to pay Shs 155,000 by the court secretary for signing and stamping of his documents without receipt.
“We have lost trust in court Clerks and court secretaries because of open corruption we are experiencing in Nebbi court.”
However, the Chief Magistrate, Mr David Sayuni, said its illegal for his staffs to charge more than Shs 6000 for the fresh process of the documents but certifying the documents is Shs 3000 and the money must be paid in the bank.
Sayuni added that Court staffs are not supposed to get money from their clients and any cash transaction must be reported because its illegal.
Sayuni adds that anybody who wants his court matters to be advertised must negotiate with media without involving the court officials because a lot of negative reports have been reported about our court staffs for overcharging clients.
“Am very sorry, let the affected person come to me and appoint the person who received money from him or her in court,” Sayuni said.