NBS journalist Muyanga faces arrest over failure to pay court fines

Embattled NBS journalist Simon Muyanga Lutaaya. File photo.

JINJA–Jinja High Court has issued an arrest warrant to former Bulamogi county MP aspirant Simon Muyanga Lutaaya (FDC) over failure to pay a court fine amounting to Shs153 million.

Muyanga challenged the victory of his political opponent and Bulamogi county MP, NRM’s Kenneth Lubogo in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He lost both cases and court slapped a hefty fine on him.

On Wednesday, Jinja High Court deputy registrar, Jesse Byaruhanga, issued the arrest warrant after Muyanga allegedly failed to honour court summons which Byaruhanga described as contempt of court.

According to the warrant of arrest, Muyanga is supposed to be arrested, sent to Kirinya prison or Nalufenya and his property sold off to recover the money.

When contacted, Muyanga said he is aware of the arrest warrant issued against him over court costs arising from election petition of High Court and Court of Appeal.

“I’m aware but I appealed the sum because it is too high. Unfortunately when the court convened today [Wednesday], the judge indicated that he has not seen the appeal yet it had been duly signed by Court and acknowledged receipt of our appeal,’’ he said.

Mr Muyanga said he filed the appeal on Monday but the court deputy registrar has been out of office and had promised to meet the litigants on Wednesday at 9am but failed to keep time only to turn up and issue the arrest warrant.

Muyanga is represented by counsel Medard Lubega Ssegona, John Matovu, Asuman Nyonyintono and Chrysostom Katumba, among others.



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