By Wetondo Denis Julius
Mbale High Court yesterday evening, 2nd March 2021 reinstated seven Bamasaaba Cultural Institution Executive Members who were earlier sacked.
In April 2019, the Bamasaaba Cultural Institution Council sat at Mabanga, Bungoma district in Western Kenya and passed a resolution to dismiss seven of its executive members.
The seven were sacked for allegedly being unruly and plotting to impeach the late Bob Mushikori 111, the then Umukuka.
The seven members who were sacked were Wilson Wedayaliya the Speaker, Wabalaya Makaya delegate of Mukonde clan, Christopher Buniti chairperson Cultural Council, Moses Kutoi delegate Musoba clan, Richard Wambende delegate Muyobo clan, Joseph Wanzala delegate Shinde and Domino Wamimbi.
Wedayila one of the executive members who were sacked told this reporter that after the sacking in 2019, they sued the Masaba cultural institution at Mbale high court for illegally sacking them the following year.
He revealed that court asked both parties to the suit to settle their matters outside court since it was a cultural issue but that did not work out.
He revealed further that instead, Arthur Katongole, the lawyer who represented Masaba cultural institution connived with the Institution and manipulated court ruling document stating that court had dismissed the case with costs and confirming that they were legally sacked.
Wedayila says that that manipulated document was presented to the Ministry of Gender and Social Development which forced them to sue Katongole for manipulating court judgment.
Mbale high court led by Justice Jesse Byaruhanga Rugyema disowned the document presented at the ministry and dismissed the case with costs.
The Judge also ordered the sacked officers to resume their duties after settling their differences with Masaba cultural institution as directed in the initial judgment.
Geoffrey Wepondi, the General Secretary of Masaba Cultural Institution declined to comment saying he needs to read the court judgment first.