WHY MBABAZI MAN IS GIVING JINJA COUNCIL SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
By Mulengera Reporter
Newly appointed Jinja Municipal Council town clerk Ambrose Ocen is still counting his blessings after surviving an attempt by Joseph Kiiza, an ally of former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, to send him behind the bars at Kirinya Prison after securing a court order.
According to Municipal Speaker Moses Molson Bizitu, Town Hall administration had to act swiftly to save the senior technical officer from embarrassment.
“The damage would have been immense on all of us, both the technical and political wings of this great municipality; thank God the matter is now under our control,” said Bizitu.
Council has in the last two years been in a bitter dispute with Globe World Engineering Ltd (GWEL) over a parking fees collection deal that has resulted in a spate of legal encounters between the two entities.
GWEL is headed by Kiiza, a Mbarara-based NRM cadre allied to former presidential candidate Mbabazi. The Mbabazi ally has been collecting street parking revenue on behalf of Council for close to four years until the deal tumbled, forcing the parties to rush to the courts of law for redress.
Kiiza had secured an order, which was issued by deputy registrar Fred Waninda, to send the town clerk to the coolers. GWEL had successfully floored Jinja Council in court.
But Council had applied for a review of the ruling seeking to quash an order that had given a lease of life to GWEL’s contract.
However, Council’s application was dismissed with costs according to a judgement read by the Jinja High Court Resident Judge Lady Justice Jeanne Rwakakooko.
But Bizitu has vowed not to allow GWEL to continue with its work, arguing that the company was not only harassing residents but was also cheating Council by giving them Shs12m yet they were sure over Shs30m could easily be collected.
GWEL’s Managing Director Florence Natukunda has since notified Council that “we shall resume collecting street parking fees in Jinja Municipal Council,” further asking the town clerk to “avail us with the bank accounts to deposit the money.”