The Head of State made the remarks on Tuesday while officially opening the 22nd Annual Judges’ Conference at the Nsambya-based Mestil Hotel in Kampala.
At the Conference, President Yoweri Museveni shared some aspects of the historical mission of the NRM government, which is to build a free Uganda whose people are engaged in agricultural and industrial production for financial and food security.
To some degree this has been achieved as manifested by the glut we are experiencing of products such as milk, sugar, maize, bananas and even construction materials.
The judiciary, Mr. Museveni said being part of the state, should be a partner in fulfilling this mission and not a hinderance.
He said Ceaseless litigations that delay development projects should be solved quickly or dismissed. A fair judiciary will definitely help us jump on the bus of modernization
President told the Judiciary to stop delaying huge projects that have financial implications as such action denies the country economic growth and employment that are part of the historical mandate of the NRM Government.
The President was referring to a case in which the investor in the Osukuru fertilizers factory in Tororo District Eastern Uganda, was stopped by the Court from operating due to some misunderstanding with his partners.
“This huge project has got financial implications. The money is from the bank and any delay means interest is accumulating. The total investment is US$630 million .You cannot be serious. What are you looking for? This is not an institutional mandate but a historical one,” the President said.
On remuneration of judicial officers, Mr. Museveni said government will continue enhance salaries until we match international standards.
‘’We are going to also improve retirement benefits. You should retire with your dignity. This will also deliver you from temptations while in service’’ he said.
The 4-day meeting that is running under the theme “Discharging the Mandate of the Judiciary: Towards A modern, Professional and Effective Judiciary”,
The conference has been tailored to discuss the performance of the Judiciary in the previous year, identify gaps hindering performance and make proposals to modernize and improve efficiency and effectiveness of the Courts of Law in the Administration of Justice in Uganda.