Judiciary Stiffens fight against Corruption as Staff get Uniform

KAMPALA:- All Judiciary staff across the country will now have to wear purple uniforms bearing their names as a way to reduce corruption in the system.

The new judiciary uniform was officially unveiled by the Permanent Secretary to the Judiciary, Pius Bigirimana, and Judiciary Chief Registrar, Sarah Langa Siu on Wednesday, April 14.

According to Bigirimana, the development is in line with the recommendations made by the 2020 Judiciary Anti-Corruption Task Force report, which emphasized staff uniforms for all support staff.

Bigirimana says they have received a number of reports against their staff who solicit for court fees from complainants along court corridors and the registry.

He noted that it is now going to be easy to differentiate court staff from what he described as middlemen who have been pausing as judicial officers to defraud unsuspecting court users.  

He revealed that they intend to roll out the new uniforms in a phased manner and starting May 1, 2021, with at least 450 court clerks and 100 drivers. 

Bigirimana, who concurred with the view the corruption in the court system is sophisticated, said the introduction of staff uniforms will complement the available measures to fight the vice.

Each of the beneficiaries received three sets of uniforms, which they are expected to wear at all times while on duty. 

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The 2019/2020 National Integrity Survey report released in February 2021 mentioned the Judiciary as the second most corrupt government Institution after Uganda Police Force.

In 2020, President Yoweri Museveni who has since put in place several agencies aimed at fighting corruption in the country revealed that they had fueled confusion instead of helping to end the vice after being infiltrated by bad elements that make it hard to crack down on corrupt officials.

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