KAMPALA – Archbishop Stanley Ntagali and his lawyers from Sebalu and Lule Advocates, have on Wednesday failed to show up in court to settle a case where the Church of Uganda was sued by a land consultancy firm seeking Shs7.3 billion.
Land Coin Ltd in its commercial suit against Church of Uganda filed on April 10, contends that in April this year, the latter contracted it to carry out an investigation to recover its 15 acres of land located at old Entebbe, plot 90-102 on Sebugwawo Drive and one acre of land located at Luzira, all worth Shs48.9billion from government.
The none-appearance of the archbishop and their appointed lawyers at the Commercial Court, prompted the mediator, Mr Jonhson Kwesigabo to give them one last chance thus adjourning the mediation proceedings to July 13.
According to one of the court documents dated July 7, 2015, the Arch Bishop on behalf of the Trustees of Church of Uganda, wrote to Coin Land Ltd, authorizing the firm to carry out the necessary investigation of the church land in question.
The firm was also given powers of attorney to act on behalf of the church to recover this land.
Court documents also indicate that it was agreed that the parties that would carry out the investigations, would be given a commission of 10% of the value of the land if investigations were done up to submission of the consultancy report.
It was also agreed that should extra work be done, a 15% commission would be paid to the consultancy firm.
The consultancy firm contends that it carried out its obligations under the contractual arrangement to the satisfaction of the Trustees of Church of Uganda and that as such, they are entitled to a 15% commission which they have not been paid, hence this legal suit