Court records seen by Uganda Radio Network on Friday indicate that the file has been allocated to Justice Musa Ssekaana who has fixed November 25 as the date to start hearing the main case.
The building under construction that collapsed in Kisenyi on Sunday
The file in which city businessman Haruna Ssentongo is challenging
the demolition of the remaining part of his collapsed building has been
transferred to the head of the High Court Civil Division Justice Musa
The file was previously before Lady Justice Patricia Basaza Waiswa
who heard and allowed the application for a temporary injunction stopping
Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA from demolishing the building.
The order was issued on October 18 pending the determination
of the case in which Ssentongo is challenging the legality of the September
13 decision by the KCCA Building Committee ordering for the demolition of the
remaining part of the building.
The building collapsed on September 5 killing seven people and
leaving many with severe injuries. However, a part of the building remained standing.
The National Buildings Review Board instructed KCCA through its Building
Committee to do a structural integrity assessment on the remaining part of the
building. After the assessment, the committee recommended the demolition of the
remaining structure within three days.
Ssentongo through his lawyers of Kimara Advocates and Consultants decided to
petition the High Court Civil Division challenging the order of the KCCA
Ssentongo argued that the ongoing works and developments were recently
affected by the collapse of part of the building which he attributed to the
Ssentongo demanded 200 million shillings in compensation for the general
damages caused to him by KCCA for having reportedly violated his constitutional
rights. He also asked the court to issue a temporary injunction stopping KCCA
from demolishing the remaining part of his building until this main case is determined.
Justice Basaza of the Land Division heard the application for
a temporary injunction. On Wednesday, the file was transferred from Justice
Basaza to the Registrar of the Civil Division Jamson Karemani.
On Thursday, Karemani issued and signed an order preserving
the status quo to the effect that the building shouldn’t be demolished.
Court records seen by Uganda Radio Network on Friday indicate
that the file has been allocated to Justice Musa Ssekaana who has fixed November 25 as the
date to start hearing the main case.