Sixteen months after British national David Greenhalgh secured a conviction against lover Shanita Namuyimbwa (aka Bad Black) over stealing his Shs 11 billion, he has sought her help to pin a Kampala lawyer for defrauding him of $493,000 (about Shs 1.3 billion).
Namuyimbwa, a former commercial sex worker, was convicted and sentenced to a four-year jail term in July 2012 for conembezzling money from Daveshan Development, a company she jointly owned with Greenhalgh.
Now, in an uncanny twist of events, Greenhalgh has lined up Bad Black as one of the witnesses to testify before the Law Council Disciplinary Committee (LCDC) against his lawyer. Greenhalgh accuses the lawyer, Patrick Furah, of misconduct and fraudulent dealings.
“The defendant [Furah] first acquired a loan worth $140,000 (376.6m) from my company based in Hong Kong for purchase of a house in Kiwatule but instead bought it in Namugongo and has since failed to pay back the loan or surrender the property,” Greenhalgh says in his affidavit.
The Briton says he has since learnt that Furah made him sign an agreement that is not enforceable in Uganda since the company is registered in another jurisdiction. According to Greenhalgh, Furah was fully aware of that fact “but never brought it to my attention or aice as our legal representative.”
Ironically, Greenhalgh also wants LCDC to discipline Furah for failing to recover funds and properties worth $3.6 m (about Shs 9.7bn) from Bad Black, one of his witnesses, and her accomplice in the earlier embezzlement case, Meddie Ssentongo.
Greenhalgh further accuses Furah of failing to secure the rearrest of Ssentongo, who the Briton claims was released before completing his 18-month jail term. According to Greenhalgh, Furah received $20,000 (Shs 53.8m) for this purpose but never fulfilled his side of the bargain.
“I further pray that you oblige to order him to refund a total of $453,000 which he fraudulently obtained from me and the company and appropriate action be taken on him as legally prescribed under the Uganda professional aocates laws,” Greenhalgh states.
When the case came before the LCDC on Friday, November 7, 2014, lawyers representing Furah said their client was not ready for hearing as he was still putting his required documents and witnesses in place.
This statement annoyed Greenhalgh, who told the council that he had spent huge sums of money to fly all the way from London, UK, to come for the trial.
Before adjourning the case to January 23, 2015, LCDC Chairman John Kiwuwa warned Furah that if he is not available on the new date, the case will be heard and decided ex-parte (without Furah’s input).
Source : The Observer