- Cultural leaders seem to have more powers than what the constitution stimulates
- Judges absent themselves from work
Civil Society Organizations have pinned mostly Sebei Region Judiciary and cultural leaders over unfair justice delivery that has led to the increase of criminal cases such as murder,rape among others .
According to Shibah Namulindwa the National Coordinator for Action Aid Uganda in Eastern Uganda, Sebei cultural leaders seem to have an upper hand b ,whenever police is in the process of ensuring that justice prevails ,cultural leaders mobilize the entire clan and go to police.
Namulindwa also noted that police officers who are always assigned to work on criminal cases fail to collect evidence and they are not facilitated to carry out investigations. and sometimes cases die before reaching the courts.
Priscilla Kusuro the Executive Director Sabinyi Transformation Initiative (STI) said that judges always absent themselves from work and even when they go to court they reach late and sit after working hours which frustrates complainants.
On top of that , judges keep adjourning cases yet the longer the case takes,the higher the costs in terms of transport,food ,lodge among others ,this makes it easy for complainants to give up on legal ways of solving their problems and resort to negotiating with victims and through negotiations many times justice can't prevail Kusuro notes.
She added that victims even bribe magistrates and transfer cases to Mbale adding that by the time they get to Mbale the evidence is already disrupted .
William Chemandwa one of Sebei local leaders and also the Secretary for Works and Technical Services in Kapchorwa district admitted that Sebei residents prefer solving criminal cases through negotiations citing that in case one rapes ,the complainant can be compensated with a bull,five cows and three goats as a sign that they have apologized and also sometimes compensation depends on the communication between the two parties.
However when we consulted Tom Chesol the Resident District Commissioner Kapchorwa ,he said that the police has some challenges in making sanctions to see that victims are produced in court and investigations is done.