The district had constructed a veterinary staff house and extended the access road to the contested land as it claimed ownership. Part of the land has been the venue for Kasilo weekly Market, one of the biggest cattle markets in Teso while another portion of the land had been encroached on by the neighbors who had settled there.
Bishop Tukei was found found guilty of theft of Church property including land title. He had first been acquitted by the Grade One Magistrate, Emmanuel Pirimba but the church appealed the decision. The High Court overturned the ruling after agreeing with all the grounds proving theft raised by the church.
“The responded is hereby found guilty of the offense of theft c/s 254 (1), (b) and 271 (b), (c) of the Penal Code Act Cap 120 and convicted accordingly. The acquittal of the respondent by the lower court is hereby set aside and is replaced by a conviction on the offense of theft”, the High Court ruling reads in part.
“The Police of CPS Soroti mounted an operation on street gangs colloquially referred to as Cokoras where several persons including six male juveniles have been arrested. The juveniles have been handed over to the probation office as provided for under the law,” Ageca said.
“Four staff members who were arraigned before the Anti-Corruption Court, Kampala, pleaded guilty to abuse of office, causing financial loss, and conspiracy to defraud and had their cases dropped by DPP. Ref: Criminal Case No. 149/2019 Uganda Vs Omeke David, Odongo James, Otim Gilbert, and Omoding Samuel. One staff member, who stole and sold a bull, which belonged to the University has never been prosecuted”, she notes in her May 16th, 2022 letter.
On Tuesday, the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court judgment nullifying the election of Moses Attan as the Soroti City East Member of Parliament. The Court of Appeal Judges Cheborion Barishaki, Stephen Musota, and Christopher Gashirabake also ordered Electoral Commission to conduct by-elections for Soroti City East.
The residents sought a permanent injunction until the main application determining the land ownership and others are disposed of. The evictees claim the land belongs to them and argue that UWA’s conduct was illegal.
“The people of Teso sub-region have been subjected to a lot of untold suffering, murders, raping of women and children, torture, displacement from homes, placement into Internally Displaced Camps (IDP Camps), theft of property, rustling of their animals and complete denial of socio-economic activities in the face of government and its institutions constitutionally mandated to protect them and their property”, the notice reads.
Last week, the court issued interim orders following an application filed by the ICU Founder members and elders. They are William Alloch Akoll, Joseph Okadapao, Martin Alfred Aruo, Stephen Enokokin, Joyce Asekenye, Polly Apio, and Lydia Agoda.
Soroti Resident Judge, Henry Peter Adonyo granted Olemukan, 48, cash bail of Shillings 5 million. Olemukan applied for bail early last month, days after appearing before the Bukedea Grade One Magistrate, Juliana Kimono.
The students have since February 24 been in Police custody until Thursday when they were produced before Emmanuel Pirimba, the Grade One Magistrate in Soroti. They denied the charges and were remanded until Monday.
The three Nekemiah Akongel, Rev. James Opedun and Joseph Etoori, through their lawyer, Mwebesa and Co. Advocates said that the synod was irregularly and illegally constituted during the election of Rev. Okwii.
The court found that there were four different results for the two candidates leading to the confusion.
Achayo was first declared winner of the Ngora County elections with 9,517 votes. Abala who had garnered 9,226 votes was instead declared winner by the Electoral Commission in Kampala.
The petition was filed by Anne Ameco and another on grounds that the election was not conducted in accordance with the principles laid down in the provisions of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, the Parliamentary Act, as amended and the Electoral Commission Act.
The affidavits were rejected by Achayo’s lawyers on grounds that the witnesses presented varying signatures and that they lacked certificate of translation. The lawyers also argued that while the witnesses claimed to be illiterate, some were able to read and write and also comprehend English, which is the official language of court.
Achayo, a candidate for the ruling National Resistance Movement- NRM party was declared winner of the January polls by the Electoral Commission in Kampala, with 9,517 against 9,226 votes polled by her rival David Abala, yet earlier Ngora District Returning Officer Peter Toddu had announced Abala as the winner with 8,317 against 7,828.