Ogoola to MPs: Legislation won’t end corruption in judiciary

The former Principal Judge, James Ogoola has told MPs a mere piece of legislation will not end corruption in the Judiciary.

Appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee that is gathering public views on the Administration of Judiciary Bill 2018, Ogoola said that the best way to deal with corruption is for the country to go back to its core values.

“Corruption is monster that you cannot legislate about; you can bring 20 bills in this House about corruption, I don’t know how many we have, that in itself will not end corruption. What will take away corruption is different. Let us do that ourselves, where is Uganda today? What is the new generation? What are the values of this new generation. It is money?” Ogoola wondered.

Ogoola said, there is need to teach the country’s moral values in families and schools.

Telling MPs about how happy he is to be out of the corrupt judiciary, Ogoola however said that it is not only the judiciary that can be pinned on the corruption but the vice cuts across to Police, Parliament adding that it is a mammoth job stating that a little something could come out.

“Let us do to the economy what it takes to take away this urge and lust for money, it would be wrong to say that the Judiciary isn’t corrupt; it is corrupt, horribly corrupt. I am so glad I am now retired and not part of it. When I used to be Principal Judge, walking on the street, I say to myself, now everybody was saying that is my money walking,” Ogoola said.

Among the causes of corruption in the judiciary, Ogoola cited the uncertainty among the judges, of what they would do after retirement.

“They (Judges) are not allowed to socialize freely, they can’t practice law, run a shop; they have no other source of income except a salary from the judiciary,” Ogoola argued.

The Administration of the Judiciary Bill 2018 seeks to cater for retirement benefits of the judicial officers, with a proposal to have them retire with their full benefits.

The bill seeks to provide for the effective and efficient administration of the judiciary by enhancing Chapter 8 of the Constitution.