Judiciary’s Chief Registrar Sarah Langa Siu

The Judiciary has condemned the acts of hooliganism by protesters that resulted into the setting ablaze of Wobulenzi magistrate’s Court.

According to a statement issued by the Judiciary’s Chief Registrar Sarah Langa Siu, the rioters mainly destroyed property and furniture in the court hall.

“Rioters on Wednesday 18th, November 2020 attacked Wobulenzi Magistrate’s Court and set it ablaze, destroying property, especially furniture in the court hall,” part of the statement reads.

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“The judiciary is dismayed by this act of hooliganism. The action is an unwarranted direct affront on the independence of the judiciary which is guaranteed under the constitution. Under Article 128 of the constitution, no person or authority shall interfere with the courts or judicial officers in the exercise of their judicial functions.”

“As the judiciary we condemn in the strongest terms, this unfortunate incident and call upon everyone to desist from any form of attack on the courts. Such attacks interfere with the operations of the court and administration of justice generally.”

“The matter is being investigated by Police and the culprits will be brought to book,” she added.

She has meanwhile asked Ugandans to exercise restraint and avoid attacking courts that are mandated to defend the Constitution, promote the rule of law and safeguard their human rights.