Tension in Ham Vs DTB case

Kampala – Drama has unfolded at Supreme court in Kampala as a group of people stormed court demanding for justice in the case in appeal case filed by business man Hamis Kiggundu Vs Diamond Trust Bank.Businessman Hamis Kiggundu at Supreme Court (photos by Nteza Michael)

The matter was moving on well before Justice Elizabeth Musoke untill when she declined to give schedule for the hearing of the application filed by Hamis’ lawyer Fred Muwema.

“I was informed by the head of the panel in the main matter that the judgement is ready and it will be delivered on 13th June 2023,” stated the judge

Basing on the above, Justice Musoke agreed with DTB lawyers led by Edwin Karugire that the application has already been over taken by event since during the reconstitution of the panel both sides agreed that they agreed with everything that had been submitted.

“I would advise you to wait for the judgement of the court (full panel decision) which is ready.”

Upon hearing this, Ham moved out of court in protest and as soon as he left a group of angry people also came in and asked the judge to be fair because this matter is not for only one individual but its outcomes affects many people once it comes out negative.

“The conduct of applicant should be recalled . As lawyers we were not trained to come with hooligans in court , we can’t be intimidated by hooligans,” Lawyer Karugire submitted in court

However, counsel Muwema insisted that being a member of Court he will use all the available means to meet the head of the panel hearing the main case to have judgement of the matter postponed so as to fix time for this crucial application.

“Being that I didn’t talk about the application the previous time we appeared in court , it doesn’t mean that i abandoned it. We may have a weak case but we need to have our day in court.” Muwema added

On addressing the press immediately after court, Ham expressed worry that this matter has gone to far to the extent that he is now under fear of what could happen to him as a result of this case.

Tight security at Supreme Court on Thursday

All this happened under tight security deployment at court premises by both uniformed and non uniformed personnel.

Next week, the panel consisting of Chief Justice Alipbonse Owiny Dollo, Percy Night Tuhaise, Faith Mwondha and Stephen Musota will deliver their judgement in this Ham – DTB matter which kicked off more than two years back from High court Commercial Division , it went to Principal Judge Flavian Zeija , Court of Appeal upto Supreme Court.

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