Slander case against Masindi Mayor to remain despite his apolgy
Joshua Amanyire, the Mayor Elect of Masindi municipality is in trouble for alleged slander. Eight people have threatened to sue the mayor for slandering them while on a radio talk show.
The group led by Zaina Byenkya the Masindi Western ward councilor-elect accuses Amanyire of depicting them as murderers when he claimed they planned to kill him.
Other petitioners include Businessmen Musa Kawanguzi, Hakim Kabagambe, Nyangahya LC3 chairman John Bagada and former election rivals, Apollo Nyabongo and Joab Busiinge among others.
In their letters of intention to sue dated April 29, the petitioners say while appearing on Enyatabwongo a popular talk show on Bunyoro Broadcasting Services-BBS Radio in Masindi, Amanyire accused them of plotting to kill him.
They claim the radio show aired on April 26 from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. The group demanded that he pays shillings 20 million to each of the petitioners and an addition 2 million shillings for their lawyer or makes an apology through the same radio station within five days.
They vowed to take legal action if their demands were not met within five days.
At the expiry of the ultimatum on Tuesday evening May 3, Amanyire who at first remained defiant appeared on the same radio talk show Enyatabwongo to apologize to those aggrieved by his statements.
Amanyire claimed to have acted on unfounded rumors and requested for forgiveness. Despite his apology the petitioners insist on suing the mayor -elect.
Through their lawyer Moses Tugume, the petitioners allege Amanyire didn’t apologize since he didn’t mention their names.
Zaina Byenkya and John Bagada who are among the petitioners say they are only waiting the return of their lawyer from Kampala to continue with the legal suit.
The duo claims their tarnished image has not been put right by the mayor since he did not single out their names in the apology like when he made the allegations.
Speaking on phone from Kampala lawyer Tugume, says he would serve summons to Amanyire on Monday once he returns from a lawyers’ strike.
Amanyire has not commented on the latest events. But residents in Masindi seem unhappy with the early court battles against the mayor-elect.
Adam Bagonza, a member of securiko services in Masindi says the court battles would only derail their mayor from serving his people. He calls for reconciliation.
Amanyire was mid last month threatened with another legal suit for alleged illegal nomination and election for mayor ship.