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Dr Kiyingi loses home over debt

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By Paul Tajuba & Al-Mahad Ssenkabirwa

Posted  Sunday, December 15  2013 at  02:00

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n the latest case, Dr Kiyingi is said to have bought cement from Ms Diana Jacqueline Asiimwe, a local business woman and failed to pay the debt of Shs2.5 billion, which resulted in the auctioning of his matrimonial home on Buziga Hill, one of Kampala’s posh suburbs and at his ancestral home in Namulonge, on Gayaza Road.

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KAMPALA- Austrian-based Ugandan heart specialist Aggrey Kiyingi has lost the legal battle to retain his property worth billions of shillings.

Dr Kiyingi first came to the limelight in 2005 when he was accused of killing his wife Robinah. He was tried and acquitted of the murder.

In the latest case, Dr Kiyingi is said to have bought cement from Ms Diana Jacqueline Asiimwe, a local business woman and failed to pay the debt of Shs2.5 billion, which resulted in the auctioning of his matrimonial home on Buziga Hill, one of Kampala’s posh suburbs and at his ancestral home in Namulonge, on Gayaza Road.

On Friday, court brokers, escorted by Kampala South Regional Police Commander James Ruhweza and armed officers, raided the Buziga property and ordered the occupants out.

When they resisted, the court brokers threw out all household property and denied journalists access to the home until all property had been thrown out.

“We were ordered to leave and by 5am, trucks had parked waiting to transfer the property but instead police hired thugs to beat us. They went with our money and confiscated our phones,” Mr Harry Nakabaale, a brother to Dr Kiyingi said.
He added: “Dr [Kiyingi] has contributed Shs100m to Kasubi tombs construction, how can he fail to pay if indeed he owes them?”

Mr Ruhwezi, however, denied that police took thugs to the site.
“Our role is to secure a vacant order and the exercise has been peaceful,” Mr Ruhweza said.
Speaking to Sunday Monitor on phone from Sydney, Australia, Dr Kiyingi denied having any debt with any one or company, which would warrant attaching or auctioning his property.

“I have never put those properties as collateral in any bank. Unscrupulous people are trying to use my absence to grab property but the truth will come out,” he said.

The alleged Shs2.5 billion debt that Dr Kiyingi reportedly failed to pay was for 1,750 bags of white cement he bought from Ms Asiimwe in 2006.
The High Court granted Bailiff Masters Ltd permission to attach his properties to recover the money.

Who is Dr Kyingi
1980: Dr Kiyingi left Uganda and stayed briefly in Kenya, where he worked at a village hospital.
2006: He last came to Uganda to attend the burial of his wife Robinah, a prominent lawyer but was arrested in connection with her death. He was charged with murder.
2006:Dr Kiyingi was acquitted of murder and later he returned to Australia. The DPP appealed against his acquittal and the case is still pending court.
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