Entertainment
Former Eagles Production bosses dragged to court
Publish Date: Apr 16, 2014
Former Eagles Production bosses dragged to court
The new Golden Band members
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By John Agaba

Members of the defunct Eagles Production band are in trouble after music promoter Balaam Barugahara dragged them to court demanding over sh320m in damages.

The astute businessman has filed a suit blocking them in their new establishments from performing at any concerts, unless they reconstitute and perform at earlier agreed-upon events, or pay him over sh320m in damages. The case is up for hearing today at Nakawa Court.
 

In his suit, Barugahara, who has also threatened to attach the group leaders’ property, says he paid them sh108m to perform at 14 events meant to take place over the Easter period throughout May, 2014.

However, the group, one of Uganda’s most celebrated bands, dissolved a month ago over money issues, an indicator they might not perform at the said events.
 

Eagles’ Production leader Geofrey Lutaaya, whom Barugahara says penned the deal and received the said money on the company’s behalf, has since formed another group – The New Eagles, along with his wife Irene Namatovu.
 

The other key members, led by Mesach Semakula and Ronald Mayinja, have also formed a counter group – Golden Band.
But Barugahara, in his suit, is asking court to block either group from performing unless his conditions are met.
 

“I am not against anyone of the members because I have worked with all of them before. All I want is that they agree and work for me, according to the agreement we signed,” said Barugahara in a telephone interview.
 

“I paid these guys and they decided to move and form other companies. That is not how companies are dissolved,” he said.
 

On Monday, Nakawa Court deputy registrar Gladys Nakibule issued an order blocking the band members from performing and/or announcing their various upcoming concerts.

She, however, gave them Wednesday (today) to appear in court over the matter.
 

In a stern warning Barugahara said if the impasse is not resolved soon the claim would spiral to over sh600m at which point he will be forced to take over their properties including Lutaaya’s hotel in Najjanankumbi and Mayinja’s in Bunamwaya.
 

Lawyer Gilbert Nuwagaba, said: “Companies are dissolved according to the Insolvency Act 2011. The Act shows the procedure to dissolve a company. But these people just ran away and formed parallel companies. Their companies are valid. But Eagles Production as of old still exists.”
 

“It is a process called winding up a company. All the debtors and creditors have to be cleared, and matters regarding the company solved before it closes. URA (Uganda Revenue Authority) too has to be notified in case of unpaid taxes.”
 

In response, however, Semakula said Lutaaya alone was responsible for penning the deal and he should be held accountable, alone. “That was a personal deal. You cannot commit Semakula to go to Lutayaa’s launch. The deal was personal,” he said.
 

“In our memorandum of understanding (Eagles Production), you were supposed to have two directors signing on behalf of the company, not one; if not, one director and the company secretary. But Latayaa signed alone.”
 

In what he called a ‘foil plan’ by Barugahara and Lutaaya to sabotage them (Golden Band), Semakula questioned the possibility of court issuing an order blocking their performances on the day they were issues summons to court over the same issue.
 

“I am not used to court things. But I am wondering how it is possible court ordered us not to perform on the same day we got the summons. We got the summons to appear in court on Monday 14.

The same day, court gave released an order blocking us from performing at any concert,” Semakula said.
 

He, however, said they would abide by the courts’ summons and appear in court (today).
 

Semakula and his new group have a number of performances over the Easter Season. If the courts order is to stand, Semakula said, “We would definitely lose a lot of money.”
 

Like Semakula, Musa Kavuma, the Golden Band Managing Director, said Balaam was working with Lutaaya to sabotage them.

He said their intention was to dupe their fans that Golden Band would not be performing over the Easter season so they don’t get any people. Golden Band is compsed of the following members:

Ronald Mayinja, Mesach Ssemakula, Maureen Nantume, Catherine Kusasira, Stecia Mayinja, Fred Sserugga, Grace Semwogerere, Grace Sekamatte, Doreen Mutibwa, Nsamba Trumpet and Hk Moses
 

 

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Ugandans party hard at Club Mega Fest despite Mafikizolo failing to perform
For a fact, Ugandans love to party. They were at it again on Saturday night as they partied till late at the highly anticipated Club Mega Fest, although it did not end the way they had anticipated....
Nigerian sensation Burnaboy promises big ahead of Club Mega Fest
Nigerian dancehall star Burnaboy touched down at Entebbe International Airport aboard a Kenya Airways flight in the wee hours of Friday on his first ever trip to Uganda....
Miss Uganda contesting in Big Brother Africa
It has been confirmed that the current, reigning Miss Uganda, Stella Nantumbwe will represent the country in this year’s Big brother Africa reality show that starts next month....
Final preparations for Club mega fest under way
As the clock ticks away, preparations for Uganda’s biggest fun moment, the Club mega fest slated to take place this Saturday September 20, 2014 at the Nelson Mandela national stadium are in high gear....
Behind-the-scenes: Bobi Wine shoots video for Size Yo
With the concert just around the corner, the Ghetto President sets out to shoot a video for his new song Size Yo....
George Clooney to get prize for humanitarian work
Hollywood megastar George Clooney will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes for his work on screen and off, the organization...
Should bride price be made optional?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter