Crime

INTERDICTED MASINDI DHO RUNS TO COURT

By Steven Wandera

MASINDI: The former acting Masindi district health officer Patrick Baguma has applied for an injunction order restraining and stopping the district service commission from carrying out any disciplinary measures against him following his interdiction by the district Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Phionah Sanyu.

This follows a case that Baguma filed against Sanyu at Masindi high court on 10th this month following his interdiction over alleged incompetence, insubordination, misconduct and failure to account for public funds among other grounds.

Through his lawyer Susan Zemei, Baguma Thursday applied for an injunction stopping the district service commission and other government organs from carrying any disciplinary measures against him basing on the interdiction.

In his suit Baguma also requests the court to conduct a judicial review and declare that his interdiction is null and void and unlawful. He also wants court to quash Sanyu’s decision to direct him to handover office and prohibit her from flouting the public service disciplinary procedures.

He also wants court to compel Sanyu to pay him costs for inconvenience, mental torture, trauma and shock as the results of her action.

The application will be heard on 29th of this month.

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CAO Sanyu in her defence filed by the district lawyer Simon Kasangaki asserts that Baguma’s interdiction followed his failure to heed despite the several formal and verbal warnings and engagements made to him due to acts of incompetence, making false accountability and insubordination among other gross misconducts that contravene the Public Service Standing Orders and his appointment as a vote controller for the health department in the Financial year 2021/2022.

Baguma has since been replaced by Dr Dino Abiriga as the acting district health officer.

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