Court Reinstates Sacked Butaleja Vice Chairman

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Muyagu protested the sacking saying it was illegal and irregular. He added that the sacking was ignited by his stance against district officials who were fueling corruption and that the procedure used to censure him did not conform to the provisions of the Local Government Act.

High Court in Mbale has quashed a resolution by Butaleja District council to sack Benedict Muyagu from his position as the district Vice Chairperson and Secretary for Health and Education.

Muyagu was sacked by the district Chairman Joseph Muyono who accused him of incompetence.  The resolution for his dismissal was adopted by the district council on June 30th, 2014. He was accordingly replaced with Michael Higenyi.

Muyagu protested the sacking saying it was illegal and irregular. He added that the sacking was ignited by his stance against district officials who were fueling corruption and that the procedure used to censure him did not conform to the provisions of the Local Government Act.

Muyagu filed a suit at Mbale High court through Nandaah Wamukota & Company advocates demanding that the district be compelled to reverse its decision and reinstate him to his office.

Today, Justice Henry Kaweesa, the Mbale High Court Judge ruled that there were loopholes in the process used to sack and replace Muyagu. Justice Kaweesa accordingly ordered the district leadership to reinstate Muyagu to the positions he held prior to the dismissal.

He also warned the district leaders through the State Attorney, Juliet Tophacho to avoid engaging in acts that may hinder the applicant from carrying out his activities as Vice Chairperson and Secretary for Education and Health.

None of the district officials including the LC V chairman was present at court during the ruling.