KAMPALA- The Land Division of the High Court has dismissed with costs a land dispute case in which the descendants of Sir Daudi Chwa II had sued Kabaka Ronald Mutebi, claiming ownership of 350 square kilometers of the Buganda kingdom land.
Justice John Eudes Keitirima dismissed the case that had spent a year in court for want of prosecution, after the descendants of Ssekabaka Chwa and their lawyers, did not show up in court.
It is only Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s lawyers, Mr Kiryowa Kiwanuka and Esau Isingoma who showed up.
No reason was given for their absence.
A case may be dismissed for want of prosecution if any party seeking affirmative relief from court fails to appear for any hearing or trial. It can also be dismissed if a party fails to take certain specified actions of which the party had been given notice.
The dismissed land case arose on May 4, 2017 when Prince David Nnamugala and two others, sued the Attorney General, the institution of the Kabaka of Buganda and two others, seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting them from interfering with the 350 square miles of kingdom land.
In their law suit, King Chwa’s descendants had contended that during the 1900 Buganda agreement, the 350 square miles were given to Sir Daudi Chwa II as an individual but not the institution of the Kabaka of Buganda.
They had among others, wanted the court to order the Buganda kingdom to revert the management of this estate to them as the beneficiaries of the late Chwa’s estate.
The trio who had claimed to be the administrators of the estate of King Chwa, had also in their petition, claimed that the central government, the institution of the Kabaka, Uganda National Roads Authority or the Commissioner Land Registration, were illegally transacting and utilising the said land.
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