The High Court in Kampala has suspended the activities of Kampala City Council. Justice Kibuuka Musoke today ordered a temporary suspension of KCC activities in response to a petition signed by six city councilors who want a judicial review of KCC work. The councilors claim that chairperson of the KCC policy committees were elected into office illegally. They say the term of office of the committee chairpersons expired and was illegally extended in disregard of the Standing Rules of Procedure of the council. Additionally, the petitioners claim that council minutes were doctored in an attempt to legalize the election and term extension. The ruling by the High Court means that KCC cannot carry out any activities because the policy committees set its agenda. The affected committees are that of Physical planning, Health and Education, Sports and Production and the committee on gender. These committees scrutinize the work plans of the Executive before they are presented to Council. Justice Kibuuka Musoke said that the applicants raised serious questions that deserve to be investigated. He ruled that all the KCC committees that are a subject of inquiry should remain inoperative until the substantive application is disposed of. The Judge has given the complainants one week within which to file their case because it is matter that has to be expedited. The case will be heard on 18 March 2009.
Updated: 14 Aug, 04:2004:20