importance thnt llganda·s military justice system plays in the overall administration of justice in
·g,mJ,1 cannot be mer-emphasized. Specifically. military courts as the major mechanism for the
dministration or military justice. play a very vital. unique but highly contrm-crsial role in the
dministration or criminal justice with regard lo persons subject to the country's military la\\. 1
\!though originally designed to try sen·ing members of the armed forces for the commission or
"the analysis in Chapter three \\ill show. llganda·s military justice system no,, has jurisdiction on,r
olh military pcrsonnd and civilians.
\lthough in the latter case the jurisdiction is limited. it is worryingly likely lo increase. For instance.
1 June 20 I 0. \I hilc delivering his annual Stale of the Nation Address. President Museveni is repo1ied
, h,1,c asked l'wfom1cnt to consider gi\ingjurisdiction to rnilitury courts lo hear matters invoh·ing
orruptiun (whctlwr by military personnel or ci\·ilians)'. Guvcrnmcnt has also previously indicakd the
ussibilit, 01· changing the law to extend the jurisdiction or military courts to hear cases inrnhing
ersons suspected or inw1lvcrnent in the abominable practice or child sacriiicc.4 The major reason
l,1ays achanccd l,,r the need to expand the jurisdiction of military courts mer civilians and owr
1attc-rs that ordinaril) foll \\ ithin the jurisdiction of ordinary courts is that the civil courts take long lo
isposc of cases. For instnnce. when he asked the Parliament to extend the jurisdiction of military
nurts to hear corruption cases. President Museveni is quoted to haw remarked that there arc
>ophc>ks in the trial or corrupt officials in the civilian courts as they waste a lot of time seeking
'his research 111 Section 1.1 hm\e\er establishes that. in many cases. Uganda's military courts also
ikc· long tu di,posc or cases. The reason of ci\·ilian courts taking long 10 dispose of cases is therefore
ut a soundjustilication for expanding the jurisdiction of military courts.
gand,l's military justice system now also embraces a number or crimes: many of which haw no
earing on military discipline and. in ordinary eases, \vould foll under the jurisdiction of civilian
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