KAMPALA – Lawmakers on the Parliamentary Committee on Defense and Internal quizzed the Minister of State for Internal Affairs Obiga Kania and Deputy Inspector General of Police, Major General Sabiiti Muzeyi on the continued holding onto office by Godfrey Bangirana, Police Director in Charge of Logistics, stay in office despite court order to vacate the position.
The issue was raised by Gilbert Olanya (Kilak County) MP during a meeting held between MPs and the top Police officials on Tuesday 26.
Olanya’s question was prompted by media reports that Bangirana had applied to President Yoweri Museveni for the renewal of his contract despite a court ruling ordering him to vacate office.
“You remember High Court made a ruling on Director of Logistics that he should vacate office and right now, we are reliably informed that the man is still running the office very smoothly and you are pretending as if you aren’t aware of the High Court ruling, what is happening?” asked Olanya.
It should be recalled that recently, Justice Henrietta Wolayo of the High Court Civil Division stopped Bangirana from drawing any salaries and emoluments from government until the conclusion of the main case in which Isaac Maddo, a member of Democratic Party’s youth wing, Uganda Young Democrat dragged Bangirama to court, accusing him of wasting taxpayers’ money.
In his response, State minister for Internal Affairs, Obiga Kania feigned ignorance about Bangirana’s continued stay in office but confirmed to Parliament that Bangirana had indeed applied through the Inspector General of Police to have his contract renewed and his request had been forwarded to the Commander in Chief, President Museveni for consideration.
Sabiiti also responded to the matter arguing that the public will be informed when Bangirana is vacating office saying, “You will be informed when he is leaving, we are following our administrative structures, court ruled and we don’t disrespect court.”