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Child justice: Money not the key

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09
Sep 2014



By Tumusiime Kabwende Deo


 

PADER - "Money is a necessary resource, but not a prerequisite in delivering justice for children" , says Valentine Namakula, the Executive Director Centre for Justice Studies and Innovation  (CJSI). She made the remarks while addressing Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) partners at the Pader district court hall. From Kampala to Kabarole to Kyenjojo, Amuru to Gulu, Soroti to Buduuda, Moroto to Pader, the challenges surrounding child justice are similar and immense. According to Valentine, while waiting for funds to be secured, system actors must explore  low cost alternatives to deliver justice. She sighted the fact that it does not require money for a police officer for example to divert a case of a child offender  or a magistrate to prioritize children's cases. 

Gulu Battles Child offenders

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08
Sep 2014

GULU - If you're below 18, the law in Uganda considers you a child and you are likely to receive lenience in case of an offence. If above 18, you are more likely to face the full force of the law. Now, whether out of ignorance or malice, many children particularly arrested from districts outside Gulu, are brought to the Gulu main prison with an age tag of above 18 for lack of holding facilities for children.  The Justice for Children (J4C) review meeting held today in Gulu at the Bomah Hotel was informed that some of these are cases of repeat offenders whom their communities of origin are fed up of. In addition, age verification procedures are generally said to be ill conducted and therefore, unable to properly inform fair delivery of justice.

 

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