The Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala has ordered the police director in charge of Engineering and Logistics AIGP Godfrey Bangirana to step aside until the main case challenging his illegal stay in office is disposed of.
A concerned citizen, Isaac Maddo dragged Bangirana to court over his continued stay in office after expiry of his term saying it is illegal and unlawful that court needs to order for his vacation.
On Monday, justice Henrietta Wolayo ordered Bangirana to stay out of office until the main case is disposed of, saying that the Police director does not have a valid contract of employment duly executed yet he continues to serve as AIGP.
“I, therefore, issue a temporary injunction restraining the second respondent (Bangirana) from holding out as a serving Assistant Inspector General of Police and acting as Police Director in charge of Engineering and Logistics. This temporary injunction order will remain in force until the determination of the main suit or until further orders of this court,” the Judge ruled.
In a suit where the Attorney General was also been listed as a respondent, Maddo said Bangirana’s continued stay in office is illegal .
“The continued receipt of salary and emoluments by the second defendant (Bangirana) while in office is unlawful and a wastage of government resources and court should order him to refund all the emoluments received after the expiry of his contract,” Maddo says in his suit.
Following the expiry of Bangirana’s contract in July 2019, the Inspector General of Police, Martin Okoth Ochola ordered him to hand over keys and vacate office but the Internal Affairs Permanent Secretary asked him to stay in office until a decision by the Police council in regards his contract is announced.
However, in his suit, Maddo says failure by the Attorney General to advise the Permanent Secretary on his directive to Bangirana was illegal.
“The actions by the Attorney General by failing to advise the Permanent Secretary and other government organs in regards the matter constituted a breach of his duty to government and the public.”
“The second respondent’s continued stay in office is unlawful and illegal and this suit is brought to vindicate the rule of law and get the unlawful conduct stopped.”
In his suit, Maddo wants court to order for AIGP Bangirana’s vacation of office on top of refunding all the salary and emoluments received since the expiry of his contract.