Traders sue magistrate
Posted Wednesday, June 25 2014 at 01:00
Four fish traders have dragged Kalangala Grade one Magistrate Kenneth Gimungu to court over failure to implement a court order.
The traders, Abdul Mukiibi, Patrick Mwesigye, Friday Luka and Bossa Mukasa were on May 28, arrested by the Marine Police Unit with fish worth Shs80m.
Mr Mukiibi, the lead petitioner, said they were arraigned before Magistrate Gimungu for plea but instead remanded them to prison.
According to court documents, the suspects appealed to the Masaka Chief Magistrate Mary Ikit for intervention after they were unlawfully presented before court at 8pm.
The suspects, after appearing before the Masaka Grade one Magistrate Tadeo Mundia, were convicted and each was asked to pay a fine of Shs10,000 or serve a jail term of two years.
“We pleaded guilty over possession of immature fish to save court‘s time. The magistrate ordered that the fish and the rest of our fishing implements be released, however, Magistrate Gimungu has to-date refused to release them,” said Mr Mukiibi.
In an order dated June 17 and delivered by the Masaka Chief Magistrate’s Court, Mr Gimungu was ordered to release the fish and other vessels, including a boat engine.
However, according to Mr Mukibi, Mr Gimungu has since failed to implement the order as directed, which has prompted them to file a case through Sam Sserwanga of Sserwanga & Co. Advocates.