Twenty Four vehicles belonging to Gulu district local government are at the risk of being auctioned by parish chiefs to recover costs awarded to them by court for illegal dismissal from work. In 2002, Gulu district laid off eight chiefs for alleged lack of proper academic qualifications. The affected parish chiefs successfully sued Gulu district local government and were awarded 2.3 billion shillings by Gulu High Court last month.
Following the ruling, the parish chiefs hired the services of a local court broker to impound 24 vehicles belonging to Gulu local government with the aim of auctioning them. The district authorities acting on a tip locked the yard to avoid the vehicles from being taken away by the court brokers. The court brokers however managed to get two vehicles which are now parked at Gulu Central Police Station.
Isaac Newton Ojok, the Gulu LC Vice Chairperson says the action of the court brokers took them by surprise because they had allegedly lodged an appeal against the ruling. Ojok explains that they are opposed to the ruling because of the astronomical amount that the court awarded the chiefs. He also says that it is unfair for them to foot the entire cost for an action caused by the then council which comprised of councilors from Gulu, Nwoya and Amuru.
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Ojok also claims that the district was not represented in court because their lawyer Jude Atyang passed on at a time the hearing was going on and was not replaced. The vehicles that are to be impounded include that of the LC5 Chairperson Ojara Mapenduzi.