Sematimba wants inquiry into disputed hotel property

KAMPALA. The dispute over property belonging to the late Paul Sebalu, has taken a new twist after Mr Peter Sematimba asked the Principal Judge to investigate the circumstances under which an eviction order was granted against him.

In a March 11 letter through the management of Muyenga Resort Hotel, Mr Sematimba faulted the registrar of the Family Division of the High Court, Ms Lillian Mwandha, for granting orders to evict him without a hearing.

“…the granting of an interim order is meant to help the parties to preserve the status quo and then have the main issues between them determined by court, in the instant case, in enforcing the aforesaid interim order and to our dismay, the opposite was illegally done by the bailiff purportedly under a court order to evict Muyenga Resort, which was done in an uncouth manner whereby property was vandalised, guests and employees manhandled and eventually evicted,” reads the letter copied to Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma.

The letter follows a March 4 interim injunction restraining Mr Sematimba and Muyenga Resort Hotel from interfering, meddling with or managing the business of Muyenga Club.

Administrators Court also appointed retired deputy Chief Justice Alice Mpagi Bahigeine, businessman Gordon Wavamuno, Dr Stephen Kijjambu, Samuel Njuki and the deceased’s daughter Themi Nakibuuka as the managers of the estate.

According to the letter written by Sematimba’s layers, the eviction defeats the purpose of the interim injunction making it a perpetual eviction to dispose of the main case and any other proceedings in relation to the case hence denying Muyenga Resort Hotel a chance to be heard.

the evictionThe March 5 eviction saw the closure of Muyenga Club to allow takeover by the administrators appointed by court.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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