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Two Kiggundu Lawyers Quit

By Vision Reporter

Added 3rd August 2001 03:00 AM

TWO lawyers who have been representing Dr. Sulaiman Kiggundu have withdrawn from representing him in a criminal case where he is charged with causing financial loss of sh75m and illegally lending out sh36b.

TWO lawyers who have been representing Dr. Sulaiman Kiggundu have withdrawn from representing him in a criminal case where he is charged with causing financial loss of sh75m and illegally lending out sh36b.

TWO lawyers who have been representing Dr. Sulaiman Kiggundu have withdrawn from representing him in a criminal case where he is charged with causing financial loss of sh75m and illegally lending out sh36b. Faisal Mukasa of Faisal Mukasa and Company Advocates and Abdul Katuntu of Katuntu and Company Advocates are said to have left the case following disagreements on the strategies for the case. Mukasa refused to comment on the matter. Kiggundu is facing numerous charges of causing financial loss to Greenland Bank and lending out sh36b, which is above 25% of the sh6b core capital. Sources close to the lawyers said Kiggundu disagreed with his lead counsel Remmy Kasule, Abdul Katuntu, Faisal Mukasa and Nasser Lumweno who represented him during the hearing of the State evidence. “They were displeased with the statement as regards his defence in court. The lawyers actually advised him prior to his defence and he refused,” a source who preferred anonymity told The New Vision. Kasule and Lumweno are still representing him. Sources had earlier said Kasule and Lumweno were not happy with the way Kiggundu wants the case to proceed. The source also said Kasule had also abandoned the case but later rejoined the team. When contacted, Kasule denied the claims saying he was still Kiggundu’s lawyer. He, however, confirmed the withdrawal of his colleagues. Reliable sources said following the disagreements, Kiggundu had instructed new lawyers, Abaine, Lukwago, Alaka and Spencer Advocates to represent him. During the court session on Thursday, Lukwago addressed the court on behalf of Kiggundu. Kasule stopped at introducing Lukwago and told court he (Lukwago) would take charge. Lumweno, however, did not say anything. Kasule said he was not aware that Katuntu had withdrawn since he had long lost touch with him. Katuntu is the MP for Bugweri county, Iganga. Meanwhile, a source in President’s Office said yesterday that President Yoweri Museveni, in February 1998, explained to his son Muhoozi that UCB was such a core and strategic asset to the people and the country that the Government could not allow anyone it did not approve of through the Divestiture Reform and Implementation Committee (DRIC) to acquire it. Muhoozi, who was then an employee of Calebs International, had sought Museveni’s advice on whether the Government could consent to the sale and transfer of 49% of UCB shares from Westmont to Greenland Investments. He said Museveni explained to Muhoozi that consenting to any transfer had to be done by DRIC and the finance ministry, and not the President. He said Museveni stressed that it was important for the parties concerned to transact within the law and therefore advised Muhoozi to inform Saleh and Kiggundu to seek advice from the Attorney General and the finance minister. Any breach of the law or the principles of transparency would be opposed, Museveni said. The source said subsequently, the then AG, Bart Katureebe, told the President that he had advised the finance minister against consenting to the transfer of 49% shares from Westmont to Greenland Investments because Greenland had been rejected by Bank of Uganda. Katureebe’s other reasons were that Westmont had nothing to assign or transfer, and that the sale agreement had barred such transfer till after three years. Ends

Two Kiggundu Lawyers Quit

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