Masindi district Speaker, councillors fined for contempt of court

This follows a miscellaneous application No. 0051 of 2023 arising from miscellaneous application No.004 of 2023 also arising from civil suit No. 0015 of 2019.

Masindi: The Masindi High Court has ordered Masindi district council speaker Moses Kiirya, together with four district councilors, to pay a fine of six million shillings for contempt of court.

The order is contained in a judgment delivered by Isah Sserunkuma, the Masindi resident judge, dated February 2, 2024.

This follows a miscellaneous application arising from civil suit that was filed by Ojok Victor Byaruhanga, Asiimwe Kwiryara, and Kyamanyawa Swaib all members of the district service commission against the district local government, Kiirya Moses and councilors; Denis Tumwine, Gladys Namande, and William Mwambu.

The applicants asked the court to issue a warrant of arrest against the defendants for convening a district council sitting that resolved to disband the district service commission despite a court order retraining them from doing so.

They also asked the court to expunge the minutes of the council sitting held on July 27th, 2023.

Judge Sserunkuma, however, ruled that the first respondent, Masindi district local government, represented by the chief administrative officer, Phiona Sanyu, never defied the court order, and was therefore not condemned to the costs.

The judge also expunged the minutes for the district council sitting held on July 27, 2023, saying it was held in bad faith.

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