By Emmanuel Luganda
SINGER Geoffrey Lutaaya has been dragged to court for defaulting payment of sh8m to a music promoter.
In the case before Mengo Magistrates Court, Lutaaya together with the defunct Eagles Production have been sued by a music promoter Dickson Sewankambo, of Dick Production for allegedly failing to pay back sh8m arising from failure to perform at music shows that were staged along Masaka road.
It is alleged that in 2013, Lutaaya received sh8m on behalf of Eagles Production before it split into two groups to perform at two music shows that were to be staged in Lukaya and Kabwohe last year.
Eagles Production which had musicians like Mesach Semakula, Geoffrey Lutaaya, Ronald Mayinja and others split following accusations of unfair allocation of the group's resources.
It was at this point that renowned music promoter Balaam Barugahare dragged Eagles Production to Nakawa Court claiming sh320m from the group which he claimed he had paid to Lutaaya after buying his album launch concerts that took place on Easter.
The two parties settled the matter out of court, where the group accepted to perform after they were paid an extra sh25m.
Sewankambo in his suit further alleges that Lutaaya failed to avail the group for performance which resulted into losses as irate fans destroyed the sound equipment demanding that the group perform.
"I called him several times and he ignored my calls. Once in a while he picks my calls but keeps on promising me that he will refund my money which he has failed to do," the suit reads in part.
Court documents show that on July 26, 2013, Sewankambo contracted, booked and paid shs8m to Lutaaya for the performance in the presence of four people; Fred Paul Ssuna, Arnold Kiyingi, Juma Balunywa and Ronals M who acted as witnesses.
Court has ordered Lutaaya to file his defense in fifteen days.
The case is before Mengo magistrate Samuel Kagoda.
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Singer Lutaaya dragged to court over sh8m debt