Court Bailiffs have impounded the only vehicle belonging to the Electoral Commission office in Bulambuli district over a 25 million shillings debt.
Acting on the orders of Abdu Majid Wamundu, the contestant for the Local Council 3 chair of Bubyanga Sub County in Mbale district, bailiffs from Allianz and Associates Court Bailiffs impounded the Isuzu double cabin pick-up on Thursday.
This is over a debt of 24.4 million shillings that the Electoral Commission owed Abdu Majid Wamundu. In 2011, Wamundu through his lawyer, James Gyabi, took the Commission together with the winner of the Bubyangu LC 3 polls, Abdu Masaba, to Mbale High Court over electoral fraud.
Wamundu accused Masaba of voting twice and promoting violence during the 2011 polls. He also blamed the Electoral Commission for failing on its constitutional mandate. In September 2011, the Mbale High Court ruled in his favour and ordered the Commission to pay the petitioner 49.5 million shillings to cater for the costs of the suit.
The Commission paid 25. 1 million shillings and pledged to clear up the balance.
However, Wamundu explained that repeated reminders to the Commission had proved futile prompting him to seek court approval to attach its property.
In December 2012, Gladys Nakibule, the Mable Court registrar issued a warrant to attach the property of the Commission to recover the debt. She said it did not matter what kind of property or what offices of the property was located.
On Thursday, the bailiffs landed on the vehicle being driven around Nkoma in Mbale Municipality when they trailed and cornered the driver who fled with the keys and abandoned the vehicle.
They called in a crane truck that towed away the vehicle to their offices along Republic Street.
Nick Gordon, from Allianz and Associates Court Bailiffs says they have given the Electoral Commission 14 days to pay their balance and other costs or they will auction the vehicle.
Paul Bukenya, the deputy Electoral Commission public relations officer, said he was neither aware of the debt nor the confiscation of the commission’s vehicle. Bukenya referred our reporter to his counterpart, Jotham Taremwa, who also said he was unaware of the matter.