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UPC drops case against Milton Obote Foundation

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th May 2009 03:00 AM

THE Uganda Peoples’ Congress has withdrawn a case against the Milton Obote Foundation over ownership of property.

THE Uganda Peoples’ Congress has withdrawn a case against the Milton Obote Foundation over ownership of property.

By Hillary Nsambu

THE Uganda Peoples’ Congress has withdrawn a case against the Milton Obote Foundation over ownership of property.

The order prepared by the party lawyers, Kwesigabo, Bamwine and Walubiri Advocates and endorsed by Katende, Ssempebwa and Company Advocates, the lawyers representing the foundation, was signed before Justice Anna Magezi of the Land Division of the High Court recently.

The party had sued the foundation and Ugationers and Uganda Press Trust for breach of trust. The consent order between the parties brought a protracted legal battle to an end.

The party had sought several declarations including a permanent injunction stopping the foundation’s governors from evicting it from Uganda House in Kampala.

The party also wanted the court to declare that it was the equitable owner of the foundation, Ugationers, Uganda Press Trust, the other subsidiary companies and land located in Kampala, Mbale, Bunyole, Nakasongola and other parts of Uganda.

The party further wanted the court to declare that the properties were registered in the name of the foundation, Ugationers and Uganda Press Trust as party trustees and that holding them as its own was a breach of trust.

In 1964 the party’s central executive established the foundation as its financial and business arm to hold its property in trust.

The party officials alleged, however, that in 1985 the foundation governors had mismanaged the businesses under their trust, save for the Uganda House.
They argue that the party land situated at Buziga in Kampala and Nakasongola was sold.

The officials also allege that the foundation has since squandered over $900,000 in inflated consultancy fees to renovate Uganda House.

Miria Obote, the widow of Milton Obote, one of the founding party members is the current party president.

UPC drops case against Milton Obote Foundation

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