Highcourt judge Henerrieta Wolayo on Monday 18 kicked out of office the Police’s Director Engineering and Logistics Godfrey Bangirina for lack of a valid contract with Uganda Police Force.
The judge noted that it is obvious Bangirana has no valid contract of the employment duly executed and yet he continues to hold out as an assistant inspector general of police a fact that was admitted by the attorney general.
“This state of affairs waters down the authority of the office of the assistant inspector general of police and brings the police force into disrepute thereby causing irreparable damage,” the judge ruled.
Regarding the prayer for a temporary injunction to restrain the Uganda Police Authority from the renewal of Bangirana’s contract, the judge noted that this prayer is without legal basis as the Uganda Police Authority.
Isaac Maddo who calls himself a concerned citizen sued Bangirana jointly with the Attorney General who is the Chief legal representative of the government.
However, the prosecution led by Ms Josephine Kiyingi had opposed the application of Mr Maddo in which he sought for temporary orders to compel Mr Bangirana to vacate office until the determination of the main case.
She told court that the application was already overtaken by events following a July 19, 2019 letter in which the Permanent Secretary in Internal Affairs Ministry, Dr Benon Mutambi allowed him to remain as they are considering his stay thus the application is misconceived.
Kiyingi had told the court that Bangirana was still considered in police and doing their work, therefore, his entitled to payment.
However, Dr David Mushabe who is representing Mr Maddo asked the court to disregard the Attorney General’s submissions reasoning that there is no renewal yet, therefore, the court should not be taken up by illegality since the permanent secretary was just misled.
In the main case, Mr Maddo, a member of the opposition Uganda Young democrats is seeking for declaratory orders that Mr Bangirana’s stay in office is unlawful and that he refunds the salary and emoluments received while in office illegally.
Maddo is also seeking for orders that Bangirana vacates office until the determination of the case and a temporary injunction against the Police Authority from renewing his contract until refund or disposal of the matter.
He alleges that the continued receipt of salary and emoluments by Bangirana while in office is unlawful and wastage of government resources.
According to the court documents, on 16th July 2019, the contract of the second defendant (Bangirana) expired and was directed by the Inspector General of Police to hand over and vacate office as his continued stay would raise several queries from the public service.
Mr Bangirana is one of the four directors whose contracts are pending renewal by the appointing authority.
In an official communication in July, the inspector general of police Martins Okoth Ochola ordered the assistant inspector general of police Godfrey Bangirana to handover the Logistics and Welfare office following the expiry of his contract.
The directive was issued in a letter dated July 19 and copied to Internal Affairs minister Gen Jeje Odongo, State Minister of Internal Affairs Obiga Kania and the permanent secretary of the ministry of Internal Affairs.
According to the letter, Bangirana was asked to hand over the office to senior commissioner of police Richard Edyegu, not later than Monday July 22, as he awaits a decision on his appointment. His fate now lies in a decision to be taken by the police authority chaired by the Internal Affairs minister.
“It is on record that you applied to the secretary to the police authority for consideration for renewal of your contract which has not been done. While we wait for this to happen, it is proper you handover office to SCP Richard Edyegu,” the directive reads.
Bangirana was recently probed by inspector general of government (IGG) after a whistleblower questioned the amount of money spent on the construction of Nateete police station from an estimated Shs 7.8bn to Shs 100bn.
He was also questioned for allegedly inflating the budget for the construction of police housing units in 2017 and the repair of a grounded police helicopter at a whooping Shs 10bn.