Friday July 11 2014

Iganga District petitions Museveni over debts


Iganga- The Iganga District Council has voted to petition President Museveni to help it pay more than Shs2.2 billion that it owes to various individuals and organisations.

The matter was put to the vote last week in the wake of a fresh order by the High Court in Jinja, instructing the district to pay Shs1.2 billion to former parish chiefs who dragged the district to court in 2005 for wrongful dismissal.

At the time of filing the suit in 2005, the 94 chiefs led by Ruth Baakoma and Stephen Ziraba, who were reportedly sacked for lack of requisite academic qualifications claimed the Chief Administrative Officer at the time, Mr Nelson Kirenda, had forced them to retire without due notice.

In the order dated May 28, a copy of which this newspaper has seen, Justice Waiswa Basaza directed the district to pay the judgment amount which has been outstanding since 2011 when the chiefs won the case in one lump sum.

During last week’s meeting, the district chairman, Mr Shaban Nkutu, told the council that there was no money to compensate the chiefs prompting the rest of the council members to arrive at the resolution to invite the President to give a helping hand.