The Civil division of the High court has given Sarah Kulata Basangwa, the interdicted commissioner for land registration, 15 days to file her defence.
The summons follow a suit by businessman Wilberforce Ssekubwa, who sued Kulata for taking over his land and seizing a number of his vehicles.
“You are hereby required to file a defence in the said suit within 15 days from the date of service of summons on you in the manner prescribed under 0.9 of the civil procedure rules,” reads the summons issued by Sarah Langa, the court’s registrar.
“Should you fail to file a defence on or before the said date, the plaintiff may proceed with the suit and judgment may be given in your absence.”
In the suit filed on July 14, 2017, Ssekubwa says he bought land on block 28 plot 540 Makerere on Sir Apollo Kaggwa road and set up his business there from 2011.
Ssekubwa, however, said things changed on May 31, 2014, when Kulata, in the company of Sudanese nationals, entered his business premises and drove away his Toyota Land Cruiser registration number UAE 199R.
Ssekubwa further alleges that Kulata also ordered one Yusufu Kakerewe and Joseph Buguma to take away his vehicles: a Mercedes Benz , registration number UAF 079F and Mitsubishi Fuso Crane, registration number UAK 150J, respectively.
Ssekubwa, through Matovu and Lukwago company advocates, says Kulata also asked police officers to take the remaining properties from the same land.
According to Ssekubwa, Kulata grabbed his property, largely to easily take his land and sub-divide it into new plots.
“It is averred that the defendant [Kulata] took the plaintiff’s [Ssekubwa] aforesaid properties in bad faith and for purposes of unjustly enriching herself, an action against which this court ought to order her to make necessary reparations/pay damages to the plaintiff,” the suit further reads.
According to Ssekubwa, Kulata eventually subdivided the land into plots; numbers 1244, 1245, 1246 and 1247, in what he calls a move meant to defeat his claim and destroy evidence relating to her [Kulata] illegal dealings on the said land.
“The defendant undertook subdivisions of the suit land, despite there being a High court order and interim orders of the Supreme court and the underlying subdivided titles were sold to Nina Interiors Limited,” Ssekubwa says.
Consequently, Ssekubwa wants court to order Kulata to return his vehicles she seized if not pay a refund of over Shs 270 million. Ssekubwa also wants the court to declare as ‘illegal’ the subdivisions of his land by Kulata.
Currently, Kulata is in court battling the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into Uganda National Roads Authority (Unra).
The report written by a team led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire named Kulata among individuals culpable for abuse of office and causing financial loss to Unra and thus recommended her sacking.
However, Kulata wants the findings which implicate her to be quashed because they were based on ‘ignorance.’