Court Blocks Mbale Chairman's Censure

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Robert Wandwasi, the embattled Mbale district Local Council 5 vice chairperson has secured a court injunction to stop the council from implementing its resolution of censuring him.

Robert Wandwasi, the embattled Mbale district Local Council 5 vice chairperson has secured a court injunction to stop the council from implementing its resolution of censuring him.
 
Wandwasi was censured in the last district council meeting on October 17th on grounds of abuse of office and incompetence.
 
Wandwasi, who also doubles as the Secretary for Finance, Planning and Administration, is accused of causing to the district a financial loss of about 700 million shillings in uncollected local revenue in the last financial year contrary to section 17 (b) and (c) of the Local Government Act.
 
He is also accused of land grabbing contrary to leadership code Act 2002.
 
Other grounds for Wandwasi’s censure include misuse of government vehicle belonging to Mbale district local government and unauthorized driving of government vehicles contrary to public service standing order.
 
Wandwasi protested his censure, citing wrong procedure. He accordingly rushed to court and applied for an injunction restraining the council from implementing its resolution.
 
Meanwhile, in his main suit Wandwasi is demanding for the compensation from the council for wrongfully censuring him.
 
Through his lawyer Charles Nandah Wamukoota of Wamukoota and Nandah Company Advocates, he argued that the council abused Section 21 (1) of the Local Government Act which provides that a council may, by resolution supported by not less than half of all the members of the council, pass a vote of censure against a member of the district executive.
 
The Mbale High Court has responded on Wandwasi’s application for injunction. An injunction signed by Muse Musimbi, the assistant registrar of Mbale High Court issued to Wandwasi on Monday restrained the council from implementing its resolution until the main suit is disposed of.
 
Wandwasi said earlier that both the Minister of Local Government Adolf Mwesige and the Attorney General Peter Nyombi asked the council to stay their decision to censure him arguing that the resolution was null and void.
 
Charles Nandah Wamukoota, Wandwasi’s lawyer is happy about the development.
 
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Wandwasi, who claims that some councillors are just witch-hunting him, advised them to now join hands so as they can adequately deliver services to the electorates.
 
He asked them to stop unnecessary fighting in the council so that they can work together for development of the district.
 
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