Kadhi's Court Disposes of 47 Marital Cases

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Joshua Kitakule, the Secretary General of the Inter Religious Council of Uganda, says they will continue offering support to Kadhi courts to reduce pressure on of the common law courts to handle minor cases. Musa Kibwika, the chairman Bugiri Muslim Brothers Association, says the Kadhis courts have helped create unity amongst married couples since people have confidence in them.

The Kadhi's court in Iganga Muslim District has disposed of 47 marriage disputes since this year begun, the Busoga Regional Kadhi Sheikh Sinani Muwanika has revealed. According to Muwanika, they expect to handle 150 cases involving marriage disputes, distribution of the property left behind the deceased persons and debts involving Muslims by the end of the year.

 

He says majority of the warring couples were reconciled while some were separated because of irreconcilable differences. "We always scrutinize issues and listen to both sides properly to avoid making hasty decisions, which might hurt one side," Sheikh Muwanika told URN on Thursday. He however, says the Kadhi's court doesn't handle grievances of married couples where violence is involved, adding that such cases are referred to Police. 


Sheikh Muwanika hailed the Inter Religious Council of Uganda-ICRU for supporting the Kadhi's court with computers, motorcycles and other office furniture, which has eased their work. "The laptops and computers have enabled us to save data from cases handled right from the sub county [Twale] and village levels," he said. 


He says currently, the Kadhi's court can accommodate a big number of people in the gallery. Parties that feel dissatisfied with the decisions taken by the lower courts are always free to refer their grievances to the Sharia court at Uganda Muslim Supreme council headquarters for a better hearing.


Joshua Kitakule, the Secretary General of the Inter Religious Council of Uganda, says they will continue offering support to Kadhi courts to reduce pressure on of the common law courts to handle minor cases. Musa Kibwika, the chairman Bugiri Muslim Brother's Association, says the Kadhi's courts have helped create unity amongst married couples since people have confidence in them. 



"Someone goes there without fear that may be at the end of the day he or she would be arrested," he said. He however, says there is need for the Kadhi's courts to expedite hearing of cases and avoid bias. "You see when cases delay to be handled people might develop a feeling that members of the committee fear to take a decision because they have been bribed "he said. 


He said decisions should be taken within a period of at least two weeks' time.