The Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi has refuted media reports that the judiciary does not have money to do its work and that the institution is broke.
Muhakanizi said that it is not true that the institution lacks funds and that the ministry did not release funds saying that funds to the judiciary were realized 100% and that they are available to run the operations of the institutions until the end of this financial year.
He said that the reports in media made last night and today morning are not true.
He further added that the Ministry of Finance and the Executive also reconsidered the judiciary’s demands and added the institution an extra 25 billion for this financial year so that it can run efficiently in terms of operations and extra pay.
The Minister of Finance Maria Kiwanuka said that many times the ministry is piled with demands from different ministries asking for more funding without considering whether the funds are available and what they are being used for.
Kiwanuka appealed to the media to promote this change of the mind set to make sure that it is not so much with the value of money available but the value for money available.
The secretary to the Judiciary Dorcus Okalanya has confirmed that the institution has the funds to run it until this financial year ends and added that they are also issuing a press statement to that effect.
This morning The Redpepper reported that hearing of criminal cases around the country had ground to halt as a cash crisis in government appeared to bite deeper.
The report noted that the judiciary yesterday said that the Finance Ministry had not released the much needed shillings 1 billion creating a shortage in the monthly operational fund and leading to suspension of hearing of some cases.
Araali Muhiirwa, the assistant spokesperson of the Judiciary was quoted to have said that they already informed government that failure to avail operational funds will cause delay in delivery of justice.
Yesterday the Kololo-based Anti Corruption Division of the High Court suspended the trial of nine officials of the Ministry of Public Service who were indicted over the multi-billion shilling pension scam.