Kalungu CAO, speaker face arrest

MASAKA. The High Court in Masaka has summoned the Kalungu District chief administrative officer, Mr Bruno Bwayita, and the acting speaker, Mr Daniel Ssejoba, over contempt of court.
The two officials are accused of violating a court order that required the embattled district speaker, Mr Raphael Kisekka, reinstated in office.
They are also accused of failing to pay Shs150 million as compensation to Mr Kisekka.
According to summons issued by the deputy Masaka High Court Registrar Julia Lucy Acio, the two officials are scheduled to appear in court on May 5, 2015.
“this is to give notice to the chief administrative officer and Mr Daniel Ssejoba (holding out as speaker) that you are to appear before this court on the 5th day of May 2015 at 11am to show cause why you should not be committed to civil prison for contempt of court,” the summons issued on April 8, read in part
Through his lawyers, Tebusweke Mayinja, Okello and Co. Aocates, Mr Kisseka made an application to the High Court for execution of the court order issued on March, 25, 2015, to allow him carry on his office duties.
In her ruling, Justice Margaret Oguli reinstated Mr Kisekka as the district speaker and warned that if the district fails to compensate him, he will be granted a right to sell off district property.
Prosecution told court that on July 26, 2012, the district convened a meeting which was chaired by Mr John Museede, a commissioner in the Ministry of Local Government and censured the speaker on accusations of incompetence and abuse of office.
After his censure, district officials led by Mr Bwayita and Mr Emmanuel Musoke, petitioned court to have Mr Kisekka charged.
However, on September 11, 2013, retired Justice Joseph Kibuuka Musoke dismissed their application, saying they did not adduce sufficient evidence to censure the speaker.
Justice Kibuuka ruled that the district officials did not give time to the speaker to defend himself and ordered the district to pay him Shs35million, but the district objected and appealed for an interim stay of execution. Justice Oguli, however, dismissed the interim stay of execution, saying the district failed to effectively put it into [practice in a period of 90 days granted to them by the registrar.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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