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    Why Ham Kiggundu Wants To Arrest Supreme Court Judgment In Battle With DTB Bank; Top Muslim Cleric  Warns Him On Why It Is Deadly To Drag M7 Family In His Battles…



    Businessman Ham Kiggundu (L) and Imam Kasozi (R)

    Controversial city businessman Hamis Kiggundu through his lawyers led by Fred Muwema has based on the new evidence secured from Kenya central bank to arrest the Supreme Court judgment involving him and Diamond Trust bank.

    On Thursday this week, Supreme Court justice Elizabeth Musoke revealed that Chief Justice Owiny Dollo, who is the head of the panel of five justices informed her that Kiggundu’s judgment is set to be delivered on Wednesday next week.

    Kiggundu, the proprietor of Ham Enterprises Uganda Limited and Kiggs International Uganda Limited appealed to the Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal judgment which directed that his matter be referred back to the Commercial Division of the High Court and be heard by a different judge.

    Justice Peter Henry Adonyo declared that the actions involving DTB bank Kenya and DTB Uganda to deduct Shs120bn from Kiggundu’s bank accounts were illegal and ordered the bank to pay back the money.

    However, DTB bank successfully challenged the ruling at the Court of Appeal.

    After the DTB Bank win, Ham also ran to the Supreme Court to challenge the Court of Appeal ruling.

    In his appeal at the Supreme Court, Kiggundu accused the Court of Appeal justices led by Deputy Chief Justice Richard Butera of erring in law and fact when they avoided to adjudicate the substantial question of illegality which was the basis of the appeal.

    He further accused the justices of having erred in fact and law when they abandoned the grounds of appeal raised by the Respondents by irregularly introducing new grounds of the appeal that were not implicitly set out in the memorandum of appeal and thereby erroneously ordered for retrial.

    In his evidence to support his application to arrest Wednesday’s Supreme Court judgment, Kiggundu through his affidavit told court that he has discovered overwhelming evidence which is supporting his early application seeking to strike out the entire defense of the bank on the grounds of admitting that there was illegality when the said transaction was done.

    “I recently discovered through Edwin Lubanga, that the supreme court of Kenya did not grant the requisite approval under the law for the 2nd Respondent to enter into the disputed credit transaction which is the subject of the appeal.

    That the above information or evidence was not known or available to the applicants by the time of filling and hearing of the Civil appeal No 13/2021 as obtained from the said Edwin Lubanga on 8th of June 2023,” Kiggundu stated.

    He insisted that the said evidence is very relevant to the substantial question of the illegal conduct of the cross border financial institution business which DTB is subject to before entering any transaction.

    He added that his information is not only credible but also capable of having an influence on the decision or results of the appeal which will guide the proper legal and prudential regulations of the commercial banks in Uganda and beyond.

    He claims that the bank has failed to secure and obtain the regulatory approval from the Central Bank of Kenya to contract the disputed credit transaction with the assistance of the bank which affects the legality of the whole transaction which was carried out jointly with DTB bank Uganda as one transaction.

    However Kiggundu feared in his affidavit that the court may follow precedent and decline to hear his application because of the already available judgment on the appeal.

    “It is therefore crucial that this Honourable court be pleased to admit the above mentioned additional information or evidence as it may deem fit and also arrest its judgment due to be delivered on 13th June 2023,” Kiggundu stated.

    However, Justice Musoke told Muwema that the panel of the justices will deliver a judgment which will cover all his grievances and pleaded with him to be patient.

    Muwema was protesting the court’s actions to summon them for a pre-hearing session for their application.

    The judge declined to entertain their application based on the submissions of Edwin Karugire the bank’s lead lawyer that the said application was overtaken by events.

    There was a lot of druma in court as Kiggundu led his supporters to protest the decision of the court accusing Karugire and his K&K Advocates partner Kiryowa Kiwanuka (the Attorney General) of using their political and family offices to influence the court judgement.


    However, seasoned Muslim cleric who is also a close friend to Kiggundu’s father Sheikh Imam Ibrahim Iddi Kasozi warned Kiggundu to stop dragging president Museveni’s family into his court troubles.

    “It was wrong for my son because his father is a friend of mine, to use the language he used in court on Thursday. He should get handlers to guide him otherwise he is likely to lose everything including his integrity,” Kasozi said.

    He advised Kiggundu to be very careful with people surrounding him who don’t advise him or guide him but only incite him to fight stupid wars because inside their mind they know very well that without rousing him to fight they will not get money from him.

    Sheikh Kasozi said that it was wrong for Kiggundu to attack the personalities of Kiwanuka and Karugire because whether he wants it or not they are still a big factor in Uganda’s legal system and they will also fight back by all means to protect their names and legacy.

    “What Kiggunda has to do now is to pray to his Allah who gave him the wisdom to make money. They have said a lot against him including allegations that the money is not his but even if it is true, he was given the opportunity to run the said businesses because of his wisdom,” he said.

    He pleaded with him to be strong and start up again even if it means investing outside the country, he will be successful because he is an inspiration to younger Muslims and Ugandans.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki



    Stanbic Bank In Trouble, Client Petitions Court After She Was Defrauded Of Shs68m Via Flexi Pay…



    Stanbic Bank CEO Anne Jjuuko whose bank is under fire

    Nakku Joweria a resident of Kyebando has sued Stanbic Bank Uganda limited for failing in its duty of protecting her saving account leading to defrauding her of shillings 68 million which was withdrawn from her account in a period of 24 hours through Flexi pay an application she had never registered for.

    In a court case filed before the Commercial division of the High Court of Uganda and coming up for directions in the registrar Christa Namutebi’s chambers, on the 24th June, 2024 at 9:40am, Nakku Joweria through his lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates contends that between 7th and 8th February, 2023, there was unauthorized withdrawal of 68 million shillings from her savings account No. 903000026244 via the Flexi Pay Banking, a platform of Stanbic Bank and a total of 28 unauthorized transactions were conducted by fraudsters who fraudulently accessed her account undetected by the bank.

    She questions how a savings account which had a transaction limit was significantly exceeded during the unauthorized and undetected fraudulent transactions which led to her losing her’ money.

    “Our client has been a loyal client of Stanbic bank since 2001 way before the implementation of the FlexiPay system and at no point did she sign up for or activate the flexi pay on her savings account. The 28 unauthorized withdrawals from our clients account using four unknown Airtel lines raises serious questions and/ or lapses on the part of the bank for which we hold the bank specifically liable for the loss since it was in a better position to detect and prevent this fraud had it exercised reasonable care to detect these suspicious 28 unauthorized transactions that took place within 24 hours on a savings account that was rarely operated by our client,” reads the documents in parts.

    She also questions the effectiveness of the bank’s authentication protocols with their flexi pay system, effectiveness of the transaction monitoring to the extent of allowing 28 unauthorized transactions within 24 hours using four unknown Airtel lines and significantly exceeding the account limit.

    Nakku wants court to direct Stanbic Bank to reimburse 68 million to her account that was fraudulently withdrawn and pay her the costs and damages.

    On 6th February 2023, Nakku Joweria lost her phones to the robbers on her way to work at around 9pm. She reported the incident to police at 9am and to the telecom companies on the 7th February 2023.

    However, the telecom companies MTN and Airtel couldn’t process the new simcards because she had misplaced her original National Identity card.

    The robbers used her MTN number to open up a wallet on the Flexi pay which number had four other Airtel numbers that don’t belong to her which they used to make 28 unauthorized withdraws of 68 million shillings from her Stanbic bank saving account on the 7th and 8th February in a space of only 24 hours.

    When she went to withdraw some money from her account on the 6th, March 2023 that’s when she realized that her money was fraudulently withdrawn from her account.

    She wrote to the bank manager complaining about the matter and the bank promised to do thorough investigations to reveal how the money was withdrawn by the fraudsters.

    Through her lawyers of Kimanje Nsibambi Advocates, she wrote a demand notice to Stanbic Bank manager to reimburse her money since it was their weakness and fault for failure to efficiently protect her account.

    The bank through Twine Arnold, the senior legal advisor, Risk and Dispute Management wrote back with an out of court settlement request.

    However, the bank had proposed to reimburse only 34 million out of the 68 million on the premise that the settlement shall not be taken as admission of liability by any of the parties, a proposal she rejected and instead thought for legal redress in the commercial court.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    Minister Kabanda Panics As Traders Plan To Front Ssekitto To Battle Her For Kampala Central MP Seat…



    KACITA'S Issa Ssekitto and Minister Minsa Kabanda

    Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) spokesperson Issa Ssekitto has confirmed that come 2026, he is pondering contesting for the position of Kampala Central Division Member of Parliament as an independent.

    Ssekitto revealed that his decision was based on the number of requests he has received from desperate traders who think that the only way to fight bad policies and laws made against them is to have their own in the parliament to argue their case.

    It should be noted that when traders met President Museveni in May 2024 at Kololo independence ground, they warned legislators in parliament who have been passing laws against them that they are going to sponsor their own candidates against them come 2026.

    They claimed that the legislators and other leaders who they showered with votes in the previous elections have betrayed them and it is high time they take over the country’s leadership.

    Sources inside KACITA told theGrapevine that Nagenda Musoke their chairperson also plans to stand for a Member of Parliament in one of the constituents in Mukono district.

    John Kabanda also plans to stand as councilor representing Kampala Central Division on the Lord Mayor’s Council.

    The traders insist that Kampala city and Metropolitan senior minister Hajjat Minsa Kabanda has not helped them as a minister and accuse her of sidelining with their tormentors, especially the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).

    Since 2023, Minister Kabanda has been conducting clandestine political mobilization to replace Muhammad Nsereko who declared that he is not going to contest in 2026.

    Because of Kabanda’s declaration, Bobi Wine’s elder brother Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu shifted his interest from contesting for Kampala Central MP Seat to Lord Mayor fearing that chances are high that Kabanda will defeat him.

    Traders want parliament to remove EFRIS and reduce taxes on commodities especially imported items.

    However, President Museveni assured them that his government will not accept their prayers because they are against the country’s development.


    By Hadijjah Namagembe


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    Bank Bosses In Trouble For Allowing Sanctioned M7 Gov’t Official To Access Money On Her Account..



    L-R: Agnes Nandutu, Goretti Kitutu and Speaker Anita Among were all recently sanctioned

    The Western powers have kicked off investigation into allegations that bank bosses in Kampala allowed President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s sanctioned government officials to access and use their financial services.

    Sources in one of the top banks intimated to theGrapevine that their boss has been summoned at their bank headquarters in the United Kingdom to record a statement detailing how the incident happened and why.

    Sources claim that this senior government official was informed early that President Museveni was briefed about her sanctions and when she asked her lawyers what the sanctions meant, they quickly advised her with immediate effect to rush to the bank and withdraw her money which she did.

    “She came herself and withdrew her money and went with it, but we don’t know whether our bosses were already informed about the sanctions,” a source said.

    This bank source narrated to us a scenario where the former Inspector General of Police Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura’s close relative was denied the opportunity to open a bank account in their bank on grounds that his father was sanctioned and their bank was not allowed to do any financial business with him.

    Recently, the State Minister for Lands Dr. Sam Mayanja revealed that retired High Court Judge Moses Mukiibi told him that because of the sanctions, he could no longer access his money in the banks.

    He added that they asked President Museveni to intervene.

    However, the judiciary last week issued a statement noting that Justice Mukiibi is receiving his retirement benefits as a retired judge.

    Veteran journalist Joseph Tamale Mirundi explained that western powers give a sanctioned official six months to clear whatever they have in their respective countries including repatriating their relatives from their countries.

    But Alex Waiswa Mufumbiro, the National Unity Platform (NUP) deputy spokesperson said that the sanctions take immediate effect and all the money on bank accounts and properties of the sanctioned persons in foreign countries is frozen immediately when the sanctions are announced.

    Mufumbiro’s explanation was supported by a powerful security officer who told theGrapevine that recently, President Museveni posted one of his sanctioned security chief to one of the neighbouring countries; however this officer failed to access his bank account and when he tried to fix his ATM card into the ATM machine, it was swallowed by the machine and he immediately called Museveni pleading with him to withdraw him from the said country.

    Recently, the United Kingdom sanctioned Annet Anita Among the speakers of parliament, Agnes Nandutu the former State Minister for Karamoja affairs and Mary Goretti Kitutu the former senior minister for Karamoja affairs.

    Other government officials who were sanctioned include; Gen. Kayihura, Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu, Maj. Gen. Abel Kandiho, Maj. Gen. Sabiiti Muzeyi, Maj. Gen. Don Nabasa and a number of others including members of parliament.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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