Gulu Former Mayor Sues Municipality for UGX50m

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Benson Kilara, the former deputy mayor of Gulu municipality together with Denis Okongo who served as an acting Town Clerk of the municipality, have threatened to drag the municipality to court unless each of them is paid 50 million shillings for what they call general damages they suffered during their arrest and prosecution over two years ago.

Gulu Municipality could lose up to 110 million shillings in a legal suit by its former mayor and Town Clerk over wrongful arrest and detention.
 
Benson Kilara, the former deputy mayor of Gulu municipality together with Denis Okongo who served as an acting Town Clerk of the municipality, have threatened to drag the municipality to court unless each of them is paid 50 million shillings for what they call general damages they suffered during their arrest and prosecution over two years ago.
 
In December 2009, Kilara together with Okongo were arrested and charged before the Anti Corruption Court with abuse of office, causing financial loss and embezzlement.
 
Kilara and Okongo were accused of flouting procurement procedures to profit from a transaction that had been authorized by the municipal council to secure alternative land outside the municipality in exchange for 100 acres of forest reserve located within the municipality.
 
The two were remanded for two weeks to Luzira Prisons before they were eventually set free on March 2nd 2010. A later attempt by the municipality together with Attorney General to appeal the acquittal was dismissed by the Anti Corruption Court.
 
Through their lawyer, Ocorobia and Company Advocates, the two former suspects have notified the municipal council and the Attorney General of an impending suit unless each of them is paid 50 million shillings to cover for the losses they allegedly suffered during their arrest, detention and prosecution. They are also demanding an additional 10 million shillings to cover the legal fees of the claim that amounts to 110 million shillings.
 
Lloyd Ocorobia, the lawyer representing Kilama and Okongo said the notice had been served to the municipal town clerk and the attorney general’s representatives in Gulu.
 
Steven Oloya, the Gulu municipal council acting Town Clerk told Uganda Radio Network that he has forwarded the notice of intention to sue the municipality to the Solicitor General to determine the next possible action.