Kalungu CAO Given Six Days to Reinstate Speaker

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On Wednesday, Julia Lucy Acio, the Deputy Registrar Masaka high court delivered her ruling upholding the earlier high court ruling reinstating Kisekka.

Kalungu district has lost a petition challenging the reinstatement of Rafael Kisekka, the  embattled District council speaker. On July 26th, 2012, Kisekka was censured by the district council for alleged abuse of office, incompetence and failure to convene council meetings. As a result, Kisekka dragged Kalungu district council to Masaka High court for unlawful dismissal from office.  Through his lawyer, David Tebusweke Mayinja of Okello and Co. Advocates, Kisekka  asked court to reinstate him saying that he was never given an opportunity to defend himself .

He also asked court to grant him costs of the suit and general damages. In his ruling, Justice Kibuuka Musoke, the Masaka high court judge concurred with Kisekka saying council had failed to convince court Kisekka had failed to perform his duties satisfactorily and therefore declared his censure null and void. Justice Musoke ordered Kalungu district to pay Kisekka 35 million shillings in general damages. However,  Bruno Mwayita, the Kalungu District Chief Administrative officer blocked Kisekka from assuming office.

Mwayita  and the Kalungu LC V chairperson Emmanuel Musoke appealed the ruling and costs awarded to Kisekka saying the district can’t afford paying the 35 million shillings. On Wednesday,  Julia Lucy Acio, the Deputy Registrar Masaka high court delivered her ruling upholding the earlier high court ruling reinstating Kisekka. She ordered  Mwayita, the Kalungu CAO to implement the order within six days or risk being picked up for contempt of court and disobeying lawful orders.
 Acio also ordered Kalungu district to pay Kisekka general damages within nine days. Kisekka has welcomed the court ruling saying he expects the district to comply. He explains the ruling means that all the council resolution made when he was out of office are null and void.

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Gerald Kiggundu, the  LC V councilor Lukaya town council accuses Bruno Mwayita of conniving with Emmanuel Musoke to keep the district in conflicts, which he says has affected service delivery. He says a recent council convened to consider the district budget estimates ended in violent clashes between councilors.

Bruno Mwayita, the Kalungu CAO says he will on comment after getting the court order.


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A Mass Communication graduate from Uganda Christian University, Bindhe started practising journalism in 2008 as a reporter for Radio Buddu in Masaka district.