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COU asks for more time to settle Shs7.3 billion case against Church House

Ntagali: The Anglican church has asked court for more time pay shs 7.3billion it owes Land Coin Ltd. (PHOTO: FILE)

KAMPALA- The lawyer representing Church of Uganda in a case in which a consultancy firm Land Coin Ltd is demanding Shs7.3 billion has asked the mediator for more time so that they can come up with a proper position on how the money will be paid.

Mr Barnabas Musinguzi the church’s lawyer appeared before the meditator Mr Jonhson Kwesigabo, however the consultancy firm’s lawyer Mr Ronald Oine was not present as he was handling another matter.

Mr Kwesigabo adjourned the mediation to August 27 informing the parties that he will communicate to the trial judge about the outcome of the mediation.

Land Coin Ltd in its commercial suit against Church of Uganda that it 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.

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.

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