Thursday August 28 2014

200 LC chairpersons sued for illegal occupation of office



Three concerned citizens have filed a suit against over 200 Local Council (LC) chairpersons from Makindye Division, a city suburb over their refusal to vacate office.
The trio; Mr Ahmed Sserunjoji, Mr Twaha Bamujje and Mr Moses Musoga in their suit filed before High Court Civil Division, are seeking court to order for arrest and committal of these local leaders to the civil prison.
The applicants through their lawyers of Ms Lutaakome and Co. Advocates claim that on February 21, this year, they obtained a court order declaring the chairpersons’ illegal occupation of office.

According to the suit, the applicants alongside 20 other people, in 2010 filed a suit challenging the creation of new zones in Makindye Division and the defendants’ (chairpersons’) illegal occupation of office in the illegally created zones during the 2011 general election.
“That judgment in the said suit was delivered in favour of the applicants by Justice Yasin Nyanzi on the February 21, 2014 in the presence of the counsel for the respective parties and among others court ordered that the alteration of boundaries and that the creation of new administrative units within Makindye Division was illegal and of no consequence, holding office in those units, is unlawful as no such office exists,” the suit reads in part.
“That the decree arising from the said judgment was extracted and accordingly served to the respondents and other concerned parties,” further reads the suit.

In his response, the Attorney General (AG), Mr Peter Nyombi who is listed as one of the respondents to this suit said, “I took an initiative to write to Kampala Capital City Authority( KCCA) which is in charge of Makindye Division, but it has not yet responded to the issue.”
The presiding judge, Yasin Nyanzi will hear the suit on October 7, this year.
Among the respondents in said suit include the Electoral Commission, Mr Henry Kitambula the deputy RCC for Makindye Division Urban Council and Mr Francis Lubwama. Others are Mr John Mugwanya, Mr Godfrey Muyonjo,Mr Fred Pinto, Mr Sam Musoke Ssekandi, Mr Muhammed Katabira, Ms Christine Mbajja, Mr Diriisa Tebandeke.