By Fred Kiva
Simon Muyanga Lutaaya, the host of a popular television Program one on one with Tamale Mirundi has launched an appeal to raise Sh296million in court costs. The costs accrued Muyanga, also a former Parliamentary candidate for Bulamogi in Kaliro district after he lost an election petition against the winner, NRM’s Kenneth Lubogo, both at High Court and Court of Appeal.
According to Muyanga’s written appeal, dated January 15, 2018, the bill of costs served to him by the defendant’s lawyer includes legal instruction fees of Shs200millions and Shs500, 000 for Car fuel each day there was a case hearing.
“That aside, the bill of costs that I have to meet at both the High court and the Court of Appeal for both the Winner Mr. Kenneth Lubogo and the Electoral Commission amount to Shs800 million, that disregards the already huge costs I have undertaken during the hearing of the case in the last 2 years and the cost of running a Parliamentary campaign for 5 consecutive months. The two activities must have cost me already close to Shs300 million,” Muyanga stated.
The Journalist-turned politician says that he cannot easily service what he describes as unreasonable court cost, saying that even at the Shs1.5million he earns as monthly salary he would require about 16years to clear the 296million court costs. It’s on this note that he appealed for financial contributions from friends and well-wishers.
“I call upon all of you friends to come to my rescue by giving any simple contributions to raise at least Shs250 million, the bare minimum required to save my future and family,” Muyanya said in an appeal that also carries his DFCU Bank Account and Telephone Mobile Numbers.
He observes that some who lost petitions have run out of the country or been thrown into civil prison for failure to pay costs, asking to be bailed.
However some platforms where his message has been circulated have laughed off his drive, saying he should have calculated his steps.