KAMPALA – The Family Division of the High Court has asked lawyer Jordan Ssebuliba to vacate the property situated on Plot 10-12 along Aki Bua road in Kololo, Kampala, as directed by his father and city tycoon Mohan Kiwanuka.
Jordan had dragged his father to court after the tycoon ordered the former to vacate since he was occupying the property and renting out without remitting a penny to Visa Investments, the company owned by Mohan.
On Tuesday, Family Court Judge Godfrey Namundi ruled that Mohan was in order to issue a vacation order to Jordan. The judge tasked Jordan to pay rent for the 10 years he has been using space at the building as well as account for billions of cash he has been receiving from tenants for that time.
The court ruling is the second victory by the father against his son in two months. Jordan had earlier petitioned the court, claiming that his father was of unsound mind and should be removed from the management of his investments and have the same placed into his (Jordan’s) hands.
But Justice Musa Ssekaana of the High Court Civil Division dismissed the application by Jordan, reasoning that he had failed to justify his dire craving to have his dad undergo a compulsory mental test. The judge noted that allowing Jordan application would not only break Uganda’s laws, but it would also stretch to international statutes that protect people presumed to have disabilities.
“Nobody should be adjudged to be an idiot. It would be defamatory to drag someone living peacefully and let them to dementia tests. It would be absurd to take a man doing his business peacefully for by impairment tests,” Justice Ssekaana ruled.
He added: “Court interviewed him (Kiwanuka) and he spoke softly, sometimes bringing jokes. His lawyers and those of the respondent were present and in one session, I interviewed him alone, one-on-one. Court’s judgment is that he has no problem and this case is dismissed.”