Katikkiro calls for affordable access to justice

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Katikkiro calls for affordable access to justice
In March 2022, CJ Owiny Dollo visited Bulange Mengo

The Katikkiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga, has called for affordable access to justice by introducing the traditional ways of serving justice to those in need of it.

This as the premier visited Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo at the judiciary headquarters in Kampala.

Mayiga was escorted by Buganda’s attorney general Christopher Bwanika and other Buganda ministers for a closed-door meeting with the Chief Justice.

According to the CJ, the meeting aimed at discovering alternative dispute resolutions like negotiations and mediations.

"Informally our people are applying a lot of informal justice mechanism in this country, and that’s why we have not lost it, and we made a decision that what holds our country together? What holds out people together? Is the informal justice processes?" CJ Owiny Dollo said.

He said resolving disputes amicably without going to court will reduce on case backlog.

"We formalise the informal sector, give guidance, and make it part of our judicial work, we will have 100 percent disputes are resolved formally," Dollo added.

The Buganda premier says this can be achieved through using the traditional ways, citing "ekitawuluzi" as one of the best of all.

"By and large Africa experiences similarities is good is starting as a pilot project so that we get to understand how best it works, so that we understand the loopholes that may arise,’’ the Katikkiro said.

Mayiga said this will be affordable to the less privileged and will create a positive impact to Ugandans.

"On behalf of my colleagues and myself, the kingdom is going to support the system, we look forward for further action," he added.

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