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StanChart bank plotting to take my property! Businesswoman Nabirongo cries to Museveni, mourns Crane Bank controversial takeover

KAMPALA – Businesswoman Frida Nabirongo, the proprietor of Senana Hypermarket on Buganda Road has cried out after a move by Standard Chartered Bank to controversially take over her property including the Buganda Road building over a mortgage.

The legal bank notice, a copy of which is in the possession of PML Daily, Stan Chart Bank says it will move to exercise mortgage power to take possession of the mortgaged properties comprised in; 1) Kibuga Block 3, Plots 57,701,702 Makerere 2) Kibuga Block 20 Plot 1067 Busega, and FRV 355 Folio 21 Plot 21-27 Buganda Road.

“Take notice that Standard Chartered Bank Uganda Limited through its appointed agent shall after 5 working days from the date of this notice, proceed to exercise the mortgagee’s power to take possession of the mortgaged properties comprised in; 1) Kibuga Block 3, Plots 57,701,702 Makerere 2) Kibuga Block 20 Plot 1067 Busega, 3) FRV 355 Folio 21 Plot 21-27 Buganda Road in accordance with the Mortgage Act 8 of 2009,” a July 1 notice from Standard Chartered’s attorneys Sebalu & Lule Advocates reads in parts.

The frustrated businesswoman Nabirongo wants President Museveni or Central Bank to intervene, saying the bank is moving to take over the property she has worked for over the years, without following the due process.

The businesswoman claims the bank tricked her through some of the clauses in the loan agreement prepared Standard Chartered’s attorneys, Sebalu & Lule Advocates as she was paying up to UGX700m a month.

Ms. Nabirongo says that whereas she went to Commercial Court over the same, she is surprised that while the case is ongoinSthe bank is moving to take her property.

Ms. Nabirongo has also mourned the controversial takeover of Crane Bank of which she believes was the best Commercial Bank in the country.

Businesswoman laments that initially she acquired a UGX20.5b loan from Crane Bank to develop her property on Buganda Road on properly negotiated terms.

She says that as the project went on, she realized she needed more money and approached Standard Chartered Bank who agreed to settle the Crane Bank loan and advance her more money to complete her project.

Ms. Nabirongo says that in as much as she had been given 10 years to clear her loan with Crane Bank, she was shocked when the Standard Chartered loan documents indicated she had to pay UGX6.5b in just five months.

The defunct Crane Bank that was taken over by DFCU following the financial discrepancies (FILE PHOTO)

The businesswoman says that she used the Buganda Road title to acquire the Crane Bank loan and it was moved to Stanchart when they took over the loan.

However, she adds that she gave the bank the other two properties in question as security for a new loan which they didn’t advance her.

She adds that the Stanchart also secured UGX1b for her from Orient Bank where she had three land titles deposited.

The agreement was that whenever she paid Stanchart, 15% would go to settling Orient and Stanchart would retain the rest.

Along the way, Nabirongo got lost in the contracts jargon and decided to go to court because she felt she was tricked.

She says that prior to going to court, she tried to approach Standard Chartered because she was “no longer understanding how things were moving”.

She didn’t get a response and the client relationship manager she worked with had since exited the bank.

She said she also approached Uganda Development Bank whose mandate is to provide investors with low-interest loans but she didn’t get any help.

Now she is appealing for government intervention saying her supermarket is also struggling as she gets all supplies on loan and pays later.

She adds that her over 100 workers are bound to lose their jobs.

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