By Yosam Gucwaki
Relatives, widows and the orphans of the fallen soldiers suffer a lot while trying to access letters of administration from Masindi court such that they can get pension and gratuity of their deceased people.
According to the Resident District Commissioner Masindi, Godfrey Nyakahuma, he has received many complaints from people pursuing for the letters of administration who are demanded for bribes by Masindi court officials.
Nyakahuma explained that most bribes are asked by the lower cadres in the judiciary in the name of the presiding magistrates.
He added that it is a culture at Masindi court that the vulnerable people are asked for bribe which is beyond their reach noting that they are forced to sell off their properties to raise the money asked for by the court officials.
He noted that the court officials demand for money between Ugx 300,000 and 400,000 to process the letters of administration.
Nyakahuma also said that the unscrupulous people at Masindi court have now taken the vulnerable as a source of their income.
Last week the RDCâ€™s office arrested one Christopher Kabeiho a court clerk attached to the Grade 1 magistrate who had received Ugx 120,000 from Sarah Kaahwa who was processing the letters of administration.
According to the RDC, Kabeiho was asking for the bribe in the name of the chief magistrate who he claimed was going for leave and yet is a man. The RDC says that Kabeiho asked for the money such that the chief magistrate would speed up the process before he went for the leave.
The RDC said that Kabeiho was given a police bond on Monday this week adding that after investigations are done, he will be produced before the anti-corruption court.
Following this, the RDCâ€™s office introduced free money for whoever is asked for money in a public institution to run to his office and pick it and give it to the officer such that he or she can be trapped.
Kabeiho who was arrested last week was trapped using same money in the RDCâ€™s office since Sarah Kaahwa reported the matter to the same office.
Last year Christine Akuzibwe a nurse attached to Masindi hospital was also arrested in the same way allegedly selling government drugs.
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