March 13, 2013

Former Town Clerk wants court to Freeze Masaka Accounts Over UGX 800M Compensation

town clerkEdward Kiwanuka Ggwavu, the Former Masaka Municipality Town Clerk, has filed an application before High Court seeking to freeze Masaka Municipality and district accounts over unpaid 800 million shillings costs.

Gwavu’s application comes after Masaka High Court Judge Magrate Oumo Oguli dismissed an application filed by Masaka Municipal Council and Masaka District Administration asking Masaka High Court to stop Kiwanuka from attaching Council Property after the lapse of 6 months grace period given to the two institutions.

Ggwavu, through his lawyer Richard Mugabi of Musika, Mugabi &Company Advocates filed up an application before Masaka High Court Registrar Boniface Wamala seeking an order to attach and freeze for all accounts.

Justice Oguli agreed with the first ruling by Justice Bamugemereire citing that the whole process of sacking Gwavvu was conducted irregularly. She said that council failed to prove to court that reinstalling Gwavvu in office and paying him the 200 million shillings would cause an irreparable loss to the two institutions as stated by the applicants in their application form.

She added that the council failed to prove that the applicants were ready to make an appeal in the matter because they just filed a notice to appeal which they did not even follow up.

On January 31 2007 Masaka District Service Commission sacked Kiwanuka accusing him of paying 280 million shillings to Uganda Revenue Authority as Pay As You Earn and Valued Added Tax without negotiating a reduction.

They also accused Kiwanuka of renewing the contract of UTODA, to manage Masaka Taxi Park in disregard to the laid down procedure which prompted Kiwanuka through his lawyer Richard Mugisha of Musika, Mugisha and Co. Advocates to drag the Masaka District Administration and Masaka Municipal Council

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