MARACHA: Authorities in Maracha district have appealed to Kahinda Otafiire, the Ugandan Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to speed up the process of establishing a fully fledged judicial system in the district.
The move, according to local leaders, will help to put an end to continued release of suspects without proper trial in established Courts of Law
Since its establishment in 2011, Maracha district has no established Magistrate’s Court.
As a result, the people of Maracha are forced to travel to the neighboring districts of Arua and Koboko to seek for justice.
Pontius Eyotre, the Oluvu Sub County Chairperson said lack of judicial services has equally affected case follow ups.
“Complainants have to transport witnesses, feed them and pay some allowances to testify in Courts in the neighboring districts. This tends to discourage my people from following up their cases. Sometimes, they tend to abandon some interesting cases,” Eyotre said.
Eyotre noted that domestic violence, drug trafficking along Uganda - Congo border, robbery and burglary are some of the common crimes committed in his Sub County since it is located at the border.
Laurence Adiga Ozubia, the Maracha district Chairperson shared a similar sentiment saying the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has already assigned a Grade One Magistrate to work in Maracha.
“The Magistrate is supposed to report in February 2018, but our biggest problem at the moment is lack of a prison facility and court hall. I am about to lead a delegation to the Ministry to lobby for a court hall and a prison,” Adiga said.
The Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda, Rebecca Kadaga, recently created a ray of hope among the people of Maracha as she pledged to take up the matter to ensure that court sessions in the district start as soon as possible.
She made the assurance on Saturday January 27, 2018 while officiating as the Chief Guest during the victory party of Denis Lee Oguzu, the Maracha County Member of Parliament.
“Your complaint that there is no access to justice in this area, because people have to travel to the neighboring districts of Arua and Maracha will be addressed,” Kadaga said.
She promised to take the concern before Justice Bart Katureebe, the Chief Justice of Uganda in person.