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Parish Chairperson in Trouble for Contempt of Court Orders

Frances Balimaino, the Chairperson of Kyabatega Youth Farmer’s group, says they secured a court order restraining the accused from using the land but Mugisa and his group ignored the orders prompting them to seek redress.
Stephen Mugisa, the Labong Parish LC 2 chairperson in Pakanyi Sub-County in Masindi district is in trouble for contempt of court orders. 

Mugisa was picked up on Monday evening by a team of officers from Masindi police station.   

He was arrested together with Julius Katusabe, the LC I chairperson Walyoba village, Ben Mbaganyire a resident of Kyabatega, Moses Muhumuza and Fred Musindi, both residents of Walyoba village.  

 

They are accused of disobeying a court order restraining them from accessing a contested piece of land in the area. The orders were issued by Masindi High court recently.  

The accused and other still at large are feuding over 10 acres of land in in Kyabatega village with Kyabatega Youth farmer’s group in Pakanyi sub-county.  

Court issued the orders following an application by the youths. 

Frances Balimaino, the Chairperson of Kyabatega Youth Farmer’s group, says they secured a court order restraining the accused from using the land but Mugisa and his group ignored the orders prompting them to seek redress.

Frank Tankov, the Officer in Charge of the Criminal investigation department (CID) at Masindi Police Station has confirmed the arrest of Mugisa and his colleagues.  

He says the suspects face charges of contempt of court, which refers to the willful disobedience to, or disregard of a court order or any misconduct in court. 

The offence is punishable by a fine or imprisonment or both. 

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