DFID Gives Judiciary UGX 1.8B for Corruption Fight

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In short
SUGAR is a five year technical advisory facility that provides government technical support to increase the risky for public officials involved in corruption

The British government has given the Judiciary US$ 500,000 (Shillings 1.8 billion) to consolidate its fight against corruption under the Strengthening Uganda's Anti corruption Response-SUGAR. 

SUGAR is a five year technical advisory facility that provides government technical support to increase the risky for public officials involved in corruption. 
This morning, the British High Commissioner to Uganda, Peter West signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe about the funding in the High Court Library. The funding will benefit the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court, the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
The Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe, says the cooperation between the British government and judiciary will go a long way to enhance the fight against corruption.  

He listed some of the interventions being put in place to support the fight against corruption and enhance accountability such as support of electronic case management system, asset recovery management training, support to court management process, procuring of equipment for the court, and support systematic analysis of court judgments among others.

"Some people involved in corruption are taking advantage of the weak system.So if we can bring a system that bridges that gap, it will stop corruption" Katureebe said. 

Adding that, "When confidence is restored in anti corruption institutions, when people see a policeman; they see the rule of law for instance, but not seeing the institution as a non performer."

The British High Commissioner, Peter West, said he looks forward to success of the program, arguing that improving efficiency in the court will minimize corruption.

He noted that one of the challenges the judiciary faces is limited funding but hastened to add that working with partners will reduce the strain on the judiciary. West noted that it is important to have strong institutions.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

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He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.