Split of Kasese District: Concerned Residents Drag Council to Court

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Through their lawyers, Lucas Bwambale Buhaka and Milton Bwambale Bikopo want high court to declare the October 26, 2010 resolutions to split the district null and void.

Two residents of Kasese Municipality have expressed their intention to sue Kasese district council over the resolution to split the district. In 2010, Kasese District council passed a resolution to curve Bwera and Rwenzori out of Kasese district. The decision to split the district was tabled by Reverend Canon Julius Kithaghenda, the then Kasese District LC V chairperson. But Lucas Bwambale Buhaka and Milton Bwambale Bikopo contend that the resolution to split the district was passed in disregard to the laid down procedure.

Through the Kampala based MMC and Company advocates the duo has served Kasese district with a statutory notice of intention to sue. They challenge the district council for discussing and passing the motion that was tabled by the LC V chairman to split the district, despite the fact that he was neither a secretary nor councilor as mandated by the law.

Buhaka says that the council rules of procedure don’t provide for the LC V chairperson to table a motion other than deliver a district state of affairs address. He says that they are also challenging the fact that the resolution was passed by the district council before a technical report was issued on the idea to split the district. Through their lawyers, Lucas Bwambale Buhaka and Milton Bwambale Bikopo want high court to declare the October 26, 2010 resolutions to split the district null and void.
 
They also want the council to pay general damages to the people who are opposed to the split of Kasese district because they were not consulted before the resolution was passed. Wilson Asaba, the Kasese Assistant Chief Administrative who signed the notice on behalf of the district has not yet commented as he could not be reached by URN.

 

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