Court of Appeal stays Auctioning of Muslim Property

Kampala– Three justices of Court of Appeal led by Deputy Chief Justice Buteera Richard, have halted the auctioning of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) assets by business man Justus Kyabahwa to recover his 19.2 billion shillings.

Gadaffi National Mosque (courtesy photo)

A few weeks back , Justice Christopher Gashirabake , sitting as a single judge of court of Appeal, dismissed by Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) seeking to stay the judgement and decree from High court civil suit No.505 of 2023 untill the appeal resulting from the same is fully heard and disposed off.

This ruling , cause tension among some muslims because it gave a lee way to
Louiza Auctioneers (acting on behalf of Justus Kyabahwa) to attach eight prime properties belonging to UMSC having failed to pay a debt of 19.2 billion shillings.

The assets included Old Kampala Mosque, Masjid Noor and shops), leasehold land 2771 Folio 2, Plot 5463 in Kyadondo, land at Kyanja, and a one square mile tract of land in Buikwe, One acre piece of land on Lubas Road in Jinja City; land in Mbale City; shares in Uganda Ranchers Ltd and Commercial Holdings Ltd, subsidiaries of the UMSC under which two square miles of land is owned in Migyera-Buluri and land in Entebbe opposite Victoria Mall.

UMSC was given upto 21st December 2023 to pay Justus Kyabahwa 19.2 billion shillings, failure of of which the above property where going to be attached by the the business man to recover his money.

In the court ruling delivered on Thursday morning, Court didn’t give details but promised to include them in their detailed ruling which will be released on Notice.

Lady Justice Irene Mulyagonja, and Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire were the other justices in the matter.

UMSC’s legal was being led by Musa Kabega and Dr. Adam Kibwanga Makmot well as Justus Kyabahwa’s lawyers were absent during the proceedings.

The matter started way back
On November 16th 2023, after High Court Commercial Division issued a warrant of attachment to and sale of immovable property belonging to Uganda Muslim Supreme Council to recover a debt of Shillings 19.2 billion to Kyabahwa Justus by December 21st 2023

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