The Supreme Court has ordered Eastern Highlands Governor, Julie Soso, to pay a K15,000 court fine before August 31 for her Contempt of Court charge.
The court ordered that if she fails to pay within the given timeframe, the default penalty will be six months imprisonment.
A three-man Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice David Cannings, Justice Terrence Higgins, and Justice Lawrence Kangwia delivered the verdict this morning.
A stipulation was placed upon Soso regarding the payment of the fine, with the court saying that it must not come from public funds, but from her own pocket.
In February, the Supreme Court reinstated Solomon Tato as the Provincial Administrator of Eastern Highlands Province, pending the determination of his criminal proceedings appeal.
On June 28, Soso was found guilty of Contempt of Court, after the court found that she disobeyed a court order and signed the letter requesting Tato step down as the Provincial Administrator.
Today, the court found that Soso was not aware of the intention of the letter before signing.
The Eastern Highlands Governor spoke to the media following the ruling saying that she will pay the court imposed fine tomorrow.