GO & CHANGE: Court releases MP Adriko with caution
By Andrew Cohen Amvesi
ARUA. Court has released Yovan Adriko, the Vurra County Member of Parliament (MP) from prison with caution to pay the remaining balance of the debt that took him to jail.
This is after the MP deposited shs32m in cash to Jubilee Finance Limited, a financial institution in Arua city, leaving a balance of shs22,677,400.
Adriko was on October 12, 2023 arrested and committed to six months civil imprisonment at Arua government prison for failing to clear shs55,677,400 which is the principal and interest of the money he borrowed from Jubilee Finance Limited in 2021.
But through his Lawyer, Jimmy Madira of Madira and Co. Advocates, the MP’s team managed to raise shs32m and also committed a customary piece of land measuring 20M x 45M in formerly Ayibiri village, Onzivu Parish, Oluko Sub-County, Arua district now Arua City as security.
Faridah Driwaru, the MP’s wife and his Personal Assistant, Stanley Aliomani were also presented to court as sureties.
Following the earlier advice issued by Her Worship Loe Karungi, the Deputy Registrar of Arua High Court for the two parties to sit down and come up with a substantive plan to pay off the balance before the judgement debtor (MP Adriko) is released, a consent bearing the above terms was later signed in the presence of the judgement creditor’s Lawyer, Richard Bundu of Bundu and Co. Advocates leading to the MP’s production on Tuesday.
While appearing before Her Worship Karungi in her chambers, the terms of the agreement were read to Adriko in summary; to pay the remaining balance of shs22,677,400 and shs5,800,000 which is the cost of the Bailiff, all in two weeks.
When Her Worship Karungi asked the MP whether he was aware of the terms of the agreement, Adriko said: “Yes, I’m aware and I commit myself to pay the debt. Yes, in two weeks, I will pay back the balance.”
Her Worship further said in the event that Adriko fails to pay the balance as agreed, his land in Ayibiri village will be sold to recover the remaining debt.
“The judgement debtor is hereby released with a caution to fulfill the commitment made before Court,” Her Worship Karungi ruled.
However, upon his release, Adriko couldn’t speak to journalists as he was seen being whisked by his team into his Lawyer’s waiting vehicle before leaving the court premises at a neck-breaking speed to an unknown destination.