KAYUNGA – The High Court in Mukono has Tuesday, September 10, ordered Hon Fred Baseke MP Ntegeru South constituency to pay over 200million which includes costs and damages to Mr Haji Bashiru Zilaba .
Mr Zilaba, a businessman in Ntenjeru lent Hon Baseke money during the 2016 elections for campaigning where he also happened to be his campaign manager. He was to pay back the money once he won the elections which he did but later refused to pay the money.
Mr Zilaba said: “Hon Baseke borrowed money from me to use for his campaigns. We agreed that he would pay me back my money once he won the elections however, he refused to pay back the money.”
Mr Zilaba and his lawyers Mr Hassan Kamba and Mr Julius Tulinawe of Kamba,Tulinawe & coadvocates were excited about their big win.
Mr Zilaba urged the legislator to pay back his money as instructed by court or he will be arrest.
He said: “Hon Baseke betters pays me back my money or else he will be arrested.”
According to Mr Tulinawe, the matter had been won before however, Hon Baseke appealed to the matter in Mukono High Court and he presented fake documents where he forged the magistrate’s signature in his evidence.
Mr Tulinawe said: “We had already won this matter before but Hon Baseke made an appeal in April to the high court in Mukono about the matter where he presented fake documents with forged signatures of the magistrate.”
“He was summoned in court 10 times but never showed up.” He added
Efforts to with draw the case were in vain since Mr Zilaba’s lawyers argued that the documents presented in the case were fake which is against the law.
H/W Harriet Ssali ruled in her judgment that Hon Baseke should pay back the money as it was originally ruled.
Mr Tulinawe said that failure for Hon Baseke to pay the money he will be arrested and pays the money behind bars.
On contacting Hon Baseke he admitted that he did not appear in court because he is out of the country.
Hon Baseke said: “It is true I have not been coming to court because Am our of the country on official business.
He said: “I’ll comment on the matter once I talk to my lawyers.”
“I hear people are celebrating, how can people celebrate over a matter that is still in court.” He added