Chaos As Bailiffs Attach Gulu District Assets

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A team from Select Auctioneers and Court Bailiffs Associates invaded the district headquarters today asking to attach 23 vehicles, computers and other office furniture. This is the third time that the firm is attempting to attach assets of Gulu district.

Police has foiled an attempt to attach Gulu district properties over its failure to compensate parish chiefs who were unfairly dismissed from office 15 years ago.

The 89 chiefs dragged the district to court and won the suit in 2011 when High in Court in Gulu ruled in their favour and granted them a compensation package of 2.6 billion Shillings. The money, which attracts an interest of 8 percent, has since accumulated to 4.4 billion Shillings.

In an effort to recover the payment, a team from Select Auctioneers and Court Bailiffs Associates invaded the district headquarters today asking to attach 23 vehicles, computers and other office furniture. This is the third time that the firm is attempting to attach assets of Gulu district.

A scuffle ensued as Gulu Chief Administrative Officer Dorothy Ajwang objected to the attachment saying that the district had not seen any court order to this effect.


Later Gulu District Chairman Martin Ojara Mapenduzi sought police intervention to save the district properties. However, by the time Police arrived the bailiffs had dismantled several computers and office furniture.
 
Mapenduzi accuses the bailiffs of flouting procedures.
 
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Mapenduzi accuses the bailiffs of plotting to take 1.5 Billion Shillings donated to the district by Northern Uganda Development of Enhanced Local Governance, Infrastructure and Livelihoods (NUDEIL). 
 
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Quirino Ovongiu, the executive director of Select Auctioneers and Court Bailiffs told Uganda Radio Network that said they secured an order to attach the assets. He however adds that they have called off the execution to pave way for negotiations with the district.
 
 
By the press time, employees in affected offices were re-arranging files and moving furniture back to their offices.
 
 

 

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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.