By Uganda Vanguard
KAMPALA: The Justice Law and Order Sector actors have embarked on 10-day fourth nationwide tour to assess the status of service delivery in various JLOS institutions with primary regard to integrity.
Supreme Court’s Justice Jotham Tumwesigye, who chairs the JLOS Integrity Committee (JLOSIC), is leading the 2019 national integrity tour, which is done to assess the level of compliance with existing integrity and ethical standards.
Work commenced on April 8 with eight teams comprised of representatives of all the 18 JLOS institutions in the spirit of chain linked coordination. Led by senior judges, each team will visit and assess the conditions in the Police, Prisons detention facilities, remand homes, refugee camps, courts and probation offices in the different parts of the country.
“The field tours involve focused group discussions with users of JLOS services, JLOS staff, local government leaders, and members of the general public,” explained Justice Tumwesigye.
“The discussions take a broader perspective but with a deeper focus on integrity in the perspective of JLOS staff conduct in the course of service delivery and the influencing conditions within the working environment.”
Adding: “The Committee then identifies areas that require urgent improvement and develop recommendations and strategies to obtain optimal results in the Sector.”
The JLOSIC was established in 2013 as a specialised Sector Committee to track the status of integrity in service delivery and provide the necessary guidance for improvement.
At the end of the tours, a joint report is published and utilised to influence the JLOS budget priority setting and sector-wide planning. It is planned that outcomes from the tour shall be presented to the JLOS Inspectors’ Forum for corrective action as well. The Inspectorate of Courts at the Judiciary coordinates the JLOSIC activities.
The objectives of the JLOSIC include conducting surveys and studies on the status of integrity within the JLOS Sector institutions and develop mechanisms and modalities of promoting integrity in the Justice Sector. Other objectives are to identify and oversee mechanisms to eliminate corruption in the Sector and recommend to the Leadership Committee JLOS staff to be honoured for exemplary performance of their duties.
The teams are expected to assess level of adherence to the set ethical and integrity standards; quality of services delivered by JLOS institutions; identify the challenges and limitations faced by JLOS. They will also assess the level of public awareness about the existence of ethical and integrity standards, and complaints handling procedures; identify the ways to improve service delivery; and make follow up on recommendations of the previous JLOSIC reports.
Team 1 to Eastern Region under Justice Flavian Zeija (Resident Judge Mbarara): Mbale, Busia, Bugiri, Namayingo, Mayuge, Jinja, Pallisa and Tororo
Team 2 to Western Region under Lady Justice Helen Obura, (Court of Appeal): Kibale, Hoima, Bulisa, Masindi and Kiryandongo
Team 3 to South Western Region under Justice Ajiji Alex (Resident Judge, Lira): Kanungu, Kabale, Buhweju, Mbarara, Isingiro, Nakivale Refugee Settlement Camp
Team 4 to Northern Region under Justice Tadeo Asiimwe (Resident Judge Mbale): Gulu, Amuru, Lamwo, Apac, Otuke, Lira
Team 5 to Southern Region under Justice Masalu Musene (Resident Judge Fort Portal): Masaka, Rakai, Kyotera, Lyantonde, Lwengo, Kalangala, Kampiringisa Rehabilitation Centre
Team 6 to Central Region under Justice Jotham Tumwesigye (Supreme Court): Nakaseke, Luwero, Kayunga, Mityana, High Court Criminal Division, Anti-Corruption Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, JSC, ODPP, PSU, Law Council and Kitalya Prison
Team 7 to North Western Region under Justice David N.A. Batema (Resident Judge Soroti): Arua, Moyo, Adjumani, Nebbi
Team 8 to North Eastern under Justice Wangutusi David Kutosi (head Commercial Court): Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Katakwi & Soroti)