Judiciary Warns Ham Over Chaos At Supreme Court

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The Judiciary of Uganda has hit out at Kampala businessman Hamis Kiggundu best known simply as “Ham” for allegedly causing a commotion at the premises of the Supreme Court on Thursday, 8th June 2023.

According to multiple media reports which the Judiciary has confirmed, the Tycoon bolted out of pre-trial proceedings before the apex Court in his legal wrangle with Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) over a multi-billion loan – thereby causing chaos.

The businessman accused the Court of unfairness.

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In statements made out of the Supreme Court premises, Hamis Kiggundu who was flanked by demonstrators accused the Chief Justice of Uganda Justice Owiny-Dollo of incompetence and doing dirty work on his ground-breaking case which has caused shock waves in Uganda’s banking industry as the businessman seeks to avoid paying a loan advanced to him by DTB’s Kenya branch on the ground that it did not have a Ugandan banking license when it issued the loan.

Ham further accused Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka and his business partner at K&K Advocates Edwin Karugire, a son-in-law to Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni of underhand tactics and influence peddling in the Supreme Court battle.

 

“ Justice Owiny-Dollo is incompetent. You can hold me accountable for saying that. He has failed to handle judicial matters especially the interest of Ugandans. He has sent a Judge to do his dirty work.”

Ham said.

“Kiwanuka and Karugire should stop intimidating Ugandans and all Judges. Uganda has no room for impunity and this kind of arrogance. If anything happens to me, just know it is Kiryowa and Karugire that have taken my life…”

He added.

Now in a statement, the Judiciary has condemned Ham’s actions saying it won’t be intimidated by him in doing its work.

“ We condemn the unwarranted attack on the person of the Hon. The Chief Justice. Members of the Public, are therefore implored to avoid engaging in acts that bring about disorder while in the precincts of Courts. 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.”

The Judiciary said.

Ham’s behavior has also attracted widespread condemnation within the legal fraternity including from senior lawyers.

Senior Corporate Lawyer David F.K Mpanga, the Managing Partner of AF Mpanga Advocates, one of the best corporate law firms in Uganda [see list here] said the businessman’s actions were a “ham-twisted attempt at gaining public sympathy to avoid paying private debts.”


Benjamin Ahikiiriza is a Legal Writer And Digital Communications & Marketing Specialist majoring in Lawyers, Law Firms And the larger Legal Sector.

Benjamin currently Works as the Director of Content and Business Development At LegalReports.


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