Late Kaguta’s ex-driver sues NFA over truck

KAMPALA

A former driver to President Museveni’s late father Amos Kaguta is battling with the National Forestry Authority (NFA) in court, hoping to reclaim his lost truck.
Mr Sula Serumaga in his complaint before the High Court in Kampala claims his truck is in the possession of NFA after its employees impounded it on July 21, 2006 on allegations that it was ferrying sand from Kyewanga Forest Reserve in Entebbe.
According to Mr Serumaga, he bought the vehicle after receiving a package from Kaguta as a token of appreciation for working as his driver for six years.
Mr Serumaga states that on the fateful day, it was someone else (Mr Godfrey Kibuuka) driving the truck before it was intercepted at around Nkumba University.

Vehicle abandoned
Court documents show that Mr Kibuuka took off upon being intercepted by NFA officials, leaving the vehicle on the roadside.
Mr Serumaga now wants court to compel the forest authority to compensate him for the truck on grounds that efforts to settle the matter out of court have not yield any positive results.
Mr Serumaga claims he was earning Shs150,000 on average per day out of the daily transport business he was engaged in.
But the authority denied any wrong doing before asking court to dismiss Mr Serumaga’s suit with costs.
NFA states that its employees intercepted the truck but plucked off its number plates before leaving on the roadside since its driver fled.
The authority further claims to have done its work lawfully when it impounded the truck in question.
The case is being heard by Justice Elizabeth Musoke.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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