Justice Minister and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye has called on non-professional court bailiffs to avoid using their power contrary to the lawwhich would tantamount to abuse of office.
Busingye was speaking Thursday while presiding over the swearing-in ceremony of 146 non-professional court bailiffs and notaries, a majority of who will work at cell and sector levels.
He advised the court bailiffs to avoid repeating mistakes committed by their colleagues and urged them to prioritize following court orders in implementing judgments.
“We don’t need that court decision execution comes after other duties; your responsibility is to execute court orders,” he said.
He said that they should end bureaucracy in their everyday duties if they are to weed out the vice of corruption in their midst.
“When a person comes to you for more than three times, it means that you have absconded from your responsibilities. You are not given the power to rule but rather to serve. So, should you fail to execute any court decision in the period of three months, we shall not favor you, rather we shall consider that you have been waiting for ‘something’ from your client,” he said.
The community justice division manager in the Ministry of Justice, Martine Urujeni said that bribery among court bailiffs is not caused by poverty, but rather, greed and selfishness.