Delivering his judgment on Tuesday, Justice Dr. Flavian Zeija said that the three officials were put through a lot of inconvenience, both psychologically and physically by going to court to prevent the alleged illegalities.
The High Court in Mbarara has awarded 70 million shillings to three
interdicted Ishaka-Bushenyi Municipal officials for illegal
The officials are Deus Nuwagaba, Municipal Senior Engineer, Robert Nuwagira,
Procurement officer, and Jackson Muhwezi, the Municipal Treasurer.
Through their lawyers, Ngaruye Ruhindi, Spencer and Company
Advocates, the officials argued that the Speaker of the Municipal council
convened a council meeting on March 7, 2018, and passed a resolution interdicting
them for allegedly embezzling funds.
They further say that the procedure taken by the council to interdict them was
illegal and principles of natural justice were not followed.
Delivering his judgment on Tuesday, Justice Dr Flavian Zeija said that the
three officials were put through a lot of inconveniences, both psychologically
and physically by going to court to prevent the alleged illegalities. He said
they were unsettled at the prospect of losing jobs without being accorded a
right to be heard.
the result, I award 20 Million shillings for each of the applicants, and 30 million shillings to Deus Nuwagaba, given that
his car was vandalized, and the respondent is ordered to pay the taxed costs of
Justice Zeija also issued an injunction restraining Bushenyi Ishaka Municipal officials
from implementing the illegalities of the municipal council.
In March, the Local Government Minister, Raphael Magezi ordered
the interdiction of Muhwezi and Nuwagaba for corruption-related cases. This is after the Mayor, Jackson Kamugasha and several councillors
petitioned the minister to intervene in the loss of Shillings 194 million local
revenue disbursed to the municipality.
Nuwagaba is accused of having embezzled roads funds leading to shoddy
and incomplete road works while Muhwezi is accused of single handily allocated
funds to different sectors without consulting the municipal Finance committee. He
is also accused of not preparing monthly financial reports that have since
created mistrust and suspicion amongst councillors.