KAMPALA-UGANDA/NEWSDAY: The Judiciary has sent out a stern warning to businessman Ham Kiggundu following a protest at the High Court in Kampala on Thursday.
Trouble ensued after Ham stormed out of court, accusing the judge of impartiality in a case involving Ham Enterprises and DTB.
During a pre-trial hearing, Kiggundu was told that the judgment in which Kiggundu seeks to recover at least Sh120b from DTB Uganda and DTB Kenya was ready and slated for June 13.
However, Kiggundu and his lawyer protested the move and wanted judgement on the admission that DTB Kenya operated without a license and that the Kiggundu’s money was fraudulently withdrawn from his account.
DTB lawyers including Edwin Karugire protested the move saying the main application had been heard in November 2021.
Fred Muwema, Kiggundu’s lawyer, argued that the submissions by DTB had revealed admission that the bank was operating illegally.
Muwema also said despite efforts last month to lodge their application and seek a hearing, they were told to wait for the judgment.
He also claimed his life was in danger and in case anything happens to him, the two should be held responsible.
In a statement released by Judiciary on Thursday evening, Kiggundu was told to exercise patience and restraint lest he is dealt with.
It goes without saying that no person and or authority shall interfere with the courts or judicial officers in the execution of their mandate.
“We condemn the unwarranted attack on the person of the Hon Chief Justice,’ the Judiciary said adding; “Consequently, acts of lawlessness while appearing before courts or within court premises should be avoided and those found acting contrary shall be dealt with in accordance with the law,” Judiciary further said.
Court documents indicate that Kiiggundu got loans from DTB Uganda and DTB Kenya amounting to sh120b between 2011 and 2016.
DTB claims Kiggundu failed to honour his financial obligations after he defaulted payment of sh39b. The money was consequently withdrawn from his account.
However, Kiggundu claimed the withdrawn money exceeded the loan and that he had fully paid back.
Court ruled against the bank, ordering to pay the tycoon all his money with an 8% interest. DTB appealed the ruling and a retrial was ordered before a different judge.
Kiggundu was dissatisfied with the ruling and run to the Supreme Court.
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