Police has deployed around Moroto court premises and strategic areas in the municipality to prevent protests by residents and medics the attachment of an ambulance belonging to Matany Hospital. It came after Josephine Okullo, a former third year student of Matany school of Nursing through Ironstone and Titan associates attached the ambulance to recover damages for unlawful dismissal. Okullo dragged Matany school of Nursing to court following her dismissal from school.
It is alleged that Okullo was dismissed after she was allegedly found stealing medicine atMatanyHospital. Okullo won the suit that was heard by Moses Katorogo, the Moroto chief magistrate. He awarded the petitioner 35 million shillings in damages, but the school administration failed to pay the money. As a result, Okullo secured another court order to impound the hospital ambulance registration number UAJ 484H to recover the costs of the suite and damages. However, the move by the court bailiffs to impound the ambulance has not gone down well with residents.
About 600 people from Napak district threatened to descend on Moroto town today to stage a peaceful demo. A copy seen by Uganda Radio Network addressed to Police from Bro. Guther Nahrich, the Matany Hospital Administrator says the confiscation of the Hospital Ambulance by bailiffs has paralyzed services at the biggest health facility in Karamoja. He explains that the attached vehicle is not a property of the judgment debtor but for St. Kizito Hospital-Matany. Nahrich notes that the public should be made aware that the service delivery of the hospital may be compromised if the vehicle is not returned.
The administrator asks the police to allow the representatives of the people of Matany and neighboring sub counties, 36 kilometres away from Moroto tow to stage the protest to express their dissatisfaction. George Obia, the Moroto District Police Commander says the proposed protest is illegal. He explains that if court took the decision to have the property confiscated for a cost they should challenge the decision legally. He says police will not relent to the demands of residents to protest saying whoever risks will be arrested and prosecuted in court.
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Efforts to talk to the magistrate were futile as his phones were switched off.