Sematimba evicted from hotel

Business at Muyenga Resort Hotel came to a standstill yesterday as court bailiffs evicted its disputed owner, Pr Peter Sematimba. The mid-morning eviction saw the closure of the hotel, formerly known as Muyenga Club, to allow takeover by the administrators appointed by the court. Pr Sematimba has been embroiled in a wrangle with the family of the late Paulo Sebalu over ownership of the property.

On Tuesday, the High Court Family Division appointed retired deputy Chief Justice Alice Mpagi Bahigeine, businessman Gordon Wavamuno and Sebalu’s relatives, Dr Stephen Kijjambu and Samuel Njuki as administrators of the property belonging to Mr Themi Nakibuuka Sebalu, the deceased’s daughter.The court appointed the above administrators to manage the deceased’s estate until the determination of the main case whose hearing will start on April 4.

“An interim injunction does, hereby, issue, restraining the first and second respondents, their agents, servants or any other person acting on their authority from interfering, intermeddling with or managing the business of Muyenga Club,” read the court order.

The court Deputy Registrar, Ms Lillian Mwandha, also directed Mr Sematimba and his Muyenga Resort Hotel to file an inventory and full account of assets and liabilities of Muyenga Club.Court bailiffs led by Mr Moses Kirunda evicted the management and employees of Muyenga Resort Hotel, a company incorporated in February this year under the proprietorship of Pr Sematimba and his wife Juliet Nambi Nantongo.

When contacted, Mr Sematimba said: “I don’t speak to the press because the matter is being handled in court.” Mr James Ruhweza, the Regional Police Commander for Kampala North, said the exercise was peaceful.

Source: Daily Monitor

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