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Kabale District Council Beats Court Deadline to Pass Budget

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The Kabale District Council has finally passed a budget for the district after the process suffered several setbacks, including a number of acrimonious court cases.



Yesterday the High Court in Kampala temporarily lifted an injunction imposed on the operation of the Kabale Speaker, Jack Katarishangwa and his deputy Mary Bebwajuba, allowing them to conduct District Council business.



The injunction was imposed earlier this year following an appeal by the Councilor for Muko, Pastolli Twinomuhangi who filed a petition in the Court of Appeals, seeking to revoke the election of the two officials. The injunction was opposed by 27 district councilors, who filed an appeal for its lifting, a request that was granted by Justice Remmy Kasule yesterday.



The Kabale councilors wasted no time in resuming business, this morning approving a budget of 20 billion shillings. The budget was passed without debate within an hour.



Adison Kakuru, the Kabale LC5 chairperson, says the budget was passed hurriedly in fear that the injunction could have been imposed again before the Council had concluded its business.