Chief Registrar assesses effect of Wobulenzi Court fire

The Chief Registrar, Ms. Sarah Langa Siu, has visited the Wobulenzi Magistrates Court to assess the extent of the fire by rioters last week on Wednesday.

She was accompanied by the Inspector of Courts, HW Flavia Nassuna; Commissioner Engineering & Technical Services, Eng. Christopher Ebal; Luwero Chief Magistrate, Samuel Munobe and the PA to the CR, HW Allan Gakyaro.

The team learned from the area Magistrate Grade One, HW Hope Bagyenda, that the effect of the fire was minimal, and that the normal operations of the Court had resumed.

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“The fire extensively affected only two pieces of furniture. Nevertheless, the technical team has assessed what needs to be repaired, and we should be in position to restore the court to its decent status as soon as possible,” said Ms Langa.

She appreciated the team at the Court for re-opening the Court quickly.

On Friday last week, the Judiciary condemned the acts of hooliganism by protesters that resulted into the setting ablaze of Wobulenzi magistrate’s Court.

In a statement issued by the Chief Registrar Sarah Langa, the judiciary was dismayed by the act of hooliganism and that the action was an unwarranted direct affront on the independence of the judiciary which is guaranteed under the constitution. Adding that 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

She 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.