The court order directing the return of Shumuk House to its former proprietor, Mr Bonny Katatumba, was issued in error, a High Court registrar has said.
Ms Irene Akankwasa, the deputy registrar in charge of Execution and Bailiffs Division at the High Court, set aside the order issued on February 6 and directed the immediate halting of the eviction.
“The order issued by this honourable…which erroneously ordered for eviction of the respondents/judgement –debtors from Plot 2 Colville Street and to give vacant possession of the said premises to the applicants/judgement creditors (Katatumba and Hotel Diplomate Limited) is hereby set aside,” ordered Ms Akankwasa.
The order followed a hearing of pleadings from Mr Fred Makada, a lawyer representing Shumuk Springs Development Limited, hardly a day after Mr Katatumba, also the Honorary Consulate of Pakistan to Uganda repossessed the building formerly known as Katatumba Suits.
Mr Thadeus Opesen, the deputy registrar at the Commercial Division of the High Court, had ordered the attachment of the building until final determination of the case between Mr Katatumba and businessman Mr Mukesh Shukla. Mr Katatumba and Mr Mukesh have been wrangling over the properties, each claiming to be the rightful owner.
The properties are Hotel Diplomat in Muyenga, Katatumba Suites which until the eviction was Shumuk Building, and Katatumba Resort Island, Banda in Kalangala District.
Shumuk Group of Companies yesterday insisted that they are still the rightful owners of Shumuk House despite the eviction and takeover of the same property.
A statement signed by Shumuk Group manager, Mr Dan Muhumuza, said there was no justification to issue an order of attachment of their property when there is still a pending case before the judge.