Court Bailiffs Evict Former Gulu Municipality MP Acire From House

Bailiffs load property of Gulu FM, a radio owned by former Gulu Municipality MP Christopher Acire. Acire lost a court battle over ownership of the house(Photo by James Owich

Court bailiffs on Thursday afternoon evicted former Gulu Municipality Member of Parliament Christopher Acire from a commercial building in Gulu town that also housed his radio station– Gulu FM 102.

The radio continues to broadcast from a separate location but only music.

The bailiffs from Gynna Associates evicted Acire following a Wednesday court order by Gulu resident high court judge, Justice Vincent Okwanga.

Employees at the former legislator’s radio station were forced to carry office chairs, tables, radio equipment, trays, carpets and TV sets and load them onto a waiting lorry.

The eviction comes less than a month after ruling in June dismissing Acire’s application to halt his eviction from the house located on market street, just next to the Gulu market in Laroo Division.

In a December 2016 ruling, High Court in Gulu ruled that Acire sold the house to Joseph Oryem Oringa, a Gulu businessmen although Acire refused to vacate the house prompting Oryem Oringa to seek redress in court.

According to documents tabled before court , Mr Acire sold the house to Mr Oringa at Shs200 million in March, 2014 only to deny having sold the house.  The former legislator instead unsuccessfully argued before court that Mr Oryem bought the house from Urib Wunu Mon Microfinance Organisation (UMFO), a village bank and not him[Acire] although he as also a director in the  village bank which has since collapsed.

In the December court ruling, Justice Vincent Okwanga also ordered Acire to pay Mr Oryem a total of 130.5 million shillings in general damages, accumulated rent and special damages.

Until at the point of eviction on Thursday afternoon, Acire, it is understood, had not paid the rent arrears or the cost for special damages.

The eviction was conducted under heavy police commanded by AIP Moses Ogwang, the Community Liaison Officer attached to Gulu Central Police Station.

Acire who did not defend his Gulu municipality seat instead contested for the Aswa county parliamentary seat which he lost to Reagan Okumu.