Court to rule on Kabaka’s case on July 12

  • by Mary Ociiti
  • June 29, 2017

The High court in Kampala will on July 12, pronounce whether to temporarily halt the land case against Kabaka, to enable him pursue an appeal at the Court of Appeal (COA), challenging a court directive against him.
Yesterday, Civil court Judge Patricia Basaza-Wasswa scheduled the date after hearing submissions by Kabaka lawyer Christopher Bwanika and Male Mabirizi, the petitioner.
The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, wants court to halt execution of the June 5 directive that instructs him to disclose land transactions and bank account transact details.
He also wants the proceedings at High Court halted, pending the outcome of the appeal at COA. The court order was supposed to be complied with by June 30.
Kabaka’s lawyer Bwanika argued that the monarch had demonstrated substantial loss.
“Substantial loss is a qualitative concept and not quantitative. Once information is released, it can never be recalled. It is irreparable loss.”
But Mabirizi argued that the Kabaka bid was a ploy to evade the court order.
On August 8, Mabirizi sought a pronouncement from court that compulsory registration of people living on land registered in the Kabaka’s name at a sh600, 000 fee, is illegal.
Mabirizi contends that Kabaka is only a trustee of the official mailo land. He wants court to denounce the 10% charge levied by BLB on the sale value of land.
In his defence contained in the affidavit of BLB, head of survey Bashir Kizito, the Kabaka says registration is voluntary.
According to Kizito, Kabaka has never deprived any person right to own property, and does not intend to do so.