KAMPALA – High Court in Kampala has blocked Centenary Bank from attaching property of its employee who is accused of defrauding the financial institution of UGX600 million.
Centenary Bank had sought to recover the money from Edgar Kule, its former employee, who was in 2017 sentenced to five years in prison for stealing from the bank. Justice Lawrence Gidudu of the Anti-Corruption Court had ordered Kule to compensate the bank UGX600 million.
But on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Justice Duncan Gaswaga ruled that selling of the house of the convict will render his wife and children homeless, which tantamounts to injustice.
The ruling arose from Kule’s wife, Esther Biira Kabaseke, who had argued that attached their family house was unfair since she had also contributed towards the construction.
Justice Gaswaga advised the DPP and the bank to find another property free of encumbrances belonging to Kule for attachment.
“It is advisable that prosecution endeavours to confiscate or attach assets or property which are free of encumbrances to avoid objections,” the Judge said.