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Gomba Officials Split Over Contracting Private Lawyers

Gabriel Katungwesi, the Gomba District LC V Vice Chairperson, says they found it necessary to contract a private law firm despite the fact that they are expected to get legal representation from the office of the Solicitor General.

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Gomba officials are divided over a decision by the District Executive Committee to contract a private law firm to defend it in numerous court disputes. Gomba district is embroiled in various cases stemming from land disputes and contracts among other issues.

Some of the cases are before Kampala High Court and Mpigi Chief Magistrate's court. Gabriel Katungwesi, the Gomba District LC V Vice Chairperson, says they found it necessary to contract a private law firm despite the fact that they are expected to get legal representation from the office of the Solicitor General.

"We found out that there is a need to have a private counsel to help the official lawyers from the solicitor general," he said. He says in some instances the lawyer assigned to represent the district from of the office of the Solicitor General may skip court hearings, which affects the case.

Angela Akurut, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Gomba District, says they are in the procurement the private law firm. He however, some councilors are opposed to the move, saying this is another avenue of squandering public funds.

Ivan Kizito, the Worker's representative in Gomba district Council, says the local government collects very little revenue, which can hardly finance the high demands of the district.

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Gomba is not the first district to moot the idea of hiring private lawyers. Mpigi district has hinting on the same, saying lawyers from the central government connive with complainants to throw away some cases, leading to enormous losses to the district.