KAMPALA — Tycoon Mohan Musisi Kiwanuka on September 16 got a smile on his face after court blocking his son from taking over his businesses/ properties.
High Court Judge Musa Ssekaana issued an interim order restraining Jordan Ssebuliba Kiwanuka, his agents, servants, associates, advisors or anyone acting upon his instructions from interfering with the the 33 properties/ businesses.
Among the businesses/ properties include; Nyanza Crescent Kololo, Summit group Ltd, Central trust Ltd, Jjaja Estates, UCAN Ltd, Radio one and two (Akaboozi) among others.
Recently, Ssebuliba filed a suit [Miscellaneous Cause Number 249 of 2019] seeking a medical examination of his father on grounds that the latter is showing signs he may not be of sound mind.
Ssebuliba wants his father to give up management of his business empire alleging that his sick and nolonger had the mental conscience to manage it.
He claims that his stepmother, Maria Kiwanuka, recently breached her fiduciary duties by taking advantage of his father’s deteriorating condition to seize control of the assets.
This is hinged on Maria Kiwanuka’s recent registration as a director in all Mohan Kiwanuka’s six holding companies that manage more than 46 properties as well as 33 subsidiaries.
However, an affidavit by Kyamukungubya disputes his brother’s characterization in a court filing.
Through Fides Legal Advocates, Kyamukungubya contends that his father is of sound mind and that Ssebuliba is greedy and dishonest.
“No special procedures have ever been taken to determine his [Mohan’s] mental capacity to run his businesses and I know this is another of the applicant’s [Ssebuliba] schemes to grab property…,” reads part of the affidavit.
The tycoon who has since denied being the father of Ssebuliba says that he (Ssebuliba) is trying to grab his property by taking advantage of his sickness.
According to the tycoon, it all began from a disagreement over one of his properties, Seven Trees Gardens located in Kololo along Dundas Road that Sebuliba had occupied without his permission, a thing never done by any of his siblings. He has occupied the property for the past 10 years without remitting any monies to his dad nor paying rent for it.
However court is yet to also decide on September 23 on weather Ssebuliba should stay on this property to.
Furthermore there are complaints from neighbours about noise from Seven Trees Gardens.
“The activities from the place (Seven Trees Gardens) made a lot of noise for its neighbours who are mostly embassies (Kiwanuka’s tenants). They reported us to authorities over noise over and over again. So I asked him to stop all of his activities at the place,” Kiwanuka, a landlord to 13 embassies in Kololo and Nakasero narrated.
This didn’t go down well with Sebuliba. He mobilised his siblings and led them to Kiwanuka.
“They asked me to give them their properties. My immediate response was, ‘when did you entrust me with them (properties)?”
And following his refusal to heed to their demands, that marked the birth of the case which is before the civil court.