“His sentence expires today (Monday) at midnight and since we do not work at night, he will be released tomorrow (Tuesday) morning," says Frank Baine.
PIC: PIC: Wilson Kyambadde (left) pictured here being escorted by court bailiff Moses Kirunda to the court cells in July last year. (Credit: Miriam Namutebi)
KAMPALA - After spending six months in Luzira Prison for failing to pay a debt of sh1.1b, Wilson Kyambadde, husband to trade and co-operatives minister Amelia Kyambadde, will be released on Tuesday.
Frank Baine, the prisons publicist, confirmed exclusively to New Vision on Monday that Kyambadde’s sentence would expire Monday..
“His sentence expires today (Monday) at midnight and since we do not work at night, he will be released tomorrow (Tuesday) morning,” he said.
On July 10, 2017, High Court executions division committed Kyambadde to a civil prison for six months after he failed to pay a judgment debt of sh1.1b.
In 2013, court issued a decree, where it ordered Kyambadde to pay a decretal sum of $300,000 (about sh1.08b) and sh32.29m as costs to businessman Amdan Khan.
This followed a suit that was filed by Khan accusing him of fraud and asked court to direct him to refund the money.
According to Khan, in 2012, Kyambadde approached him with a forged letter from state house, claiming that President Yoweri Museveni had given him a house, and was selling it. He (Khan) offered to buy it and gave US$300,000 as payment.
He later realised that the house was non-existent and asked for a refund but Kyambadde kept on dodging him. After several failed demands, Khan petitioned court to help him recover his money.
In response, court ordered Kyambadde to refund the money and pay another sh32.29m as costs incurred in the suit by Khan.
Instead of paying the money, Kyambadde made several attempts to have the decree set aside. At Commercial court, Justice Christopher Madrama granted his prayers but asked him to pay US$ 100,000, which he failed to raise prompting the judge to re-confirm the decree.
When he failed to pay the money, court bailiffs arrested and arraigned him before Justice Flavia Nassuna Matovu who jailed him. She also directed that he be given sh3, 000 for his daily upkeep.
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