1000 Nubians Rush to Court Over Frozen Bank Accounts During Amin’s Regime

By Geoffrey Omara 

Five candidates have Wednesday been nominated to contest for the Member of Parliament Position in Apac District.

Shortly after their nomination, dosage the candidates addressed their first rallies.

“I’m happy that I’m now officially a parliamentary candidate for the 2016 elections. From today onwards, diagnosis the district will be taken to a different level in terms of politics and the way campaigns are run. Our primary mission is to bring about change, no rx ” said Mr Eddie Ococ, the parliamentary candidate for Maruzi County.

Mrs Betty Engola said, “Our people are yearning for change and that is what I bring.”

While addressing the media shortly after his nomination at Ikwera primary school, Mr Tonny Ayo, the incumbent MP for Kwania County also NRM Parliamentary candidate said he will embark on completing some of the pledges he made in the last presidential elections.

“I’m here because the party fronted me. Uganda is ready for take-off and NRM will stick to prioritization in development planning to address district’s challenges,” he said.

Mr. Jackson Etwop who is contesting on independent ticket for Kwania County seat promised to improve on education especially the performance of primary schools at his constituency.

Others who will be nominated on Thursday include the UPC flag bearers and GO FORWARD flag bearer Dr George Okello Ekwaro who is contesting for Maruzi parliamentary seat.
Three bodies have been retrieved after spending hours underneath an overturned trailer following a fatal Wednesday accident along Hoima-Kampala road.

The accident occurred yesterday at Kiribanywa Bridge in Buhanika Sub County, ask Hoima district where the truck lost control and fell over three people by the roadside.

Several attempts to lift up the truck — which was loaded with tea from Bugambe tea factory — and  retrieve the bodies, malady were unsuccessful until a crane truck was brought at the scene.

Efforts to retrieve the crushed bodies

Efforts to retrieve the crushed bodies

Police was today morning forced to fire teargas to disperse angry residents who were protesting the delay by police to remove accident victims trapped under vehicle wreckage.

Hoima District Traffic Officer Stephen Muhoozi explained that a trailer registration number UAD214Q overturned after it failed to negotiate a corner on its way to Kampala.

The trailer fell on a motorcycle that was carrying three people, order killing them instantly.

Two of the deceased have been only identified as Jane and her daughter Desire.

Meanwhile Pius Wakabi, the Bugahya county MP NRM flag bearer condemned the accident and challenged police to always respond in time.

He has promised to petition UNRA to consider establishing humps in the area.
About 1000 people of majorly Nubian origin have petitioned the civil division of the High Court in Kampala seeking orders for their bank accounts frozen during the over throw of President Idi Amin to be reactivated and money refunded.

One Ismail Dabule filed the petition dated December 1st 2015, visit this on behalf of 1004 others.

According to the petition, story following the over throw of President Idi Amin in 1979, the National Consultative Council, enacted the Banking Act that gave the then finance minister powers to make legal notices of 1982 and 1984 that led to the freezing of the Nubian Muslims’ bank accounts.

The petitioners   assert  that the minister then instructed Bank of Uganda to take over their accounts that were held in Uganda  Commercial Bank (now Stanbic bank), Grindlays Bank, Barclays Bank and Libya Bank (now Tropical Bank) but later froze their accounts and other business accounts.

Dabule says that in compliance with orders, the mentioned banks held a meeting that saw the barring of the affected people from accessing their bank accounts and had their money transferred to Bank of Uganda.

“Freezing of the bank accounts was done without according the affected people a hearing and no reason was given to as to why this happened, a move which was against the rules of natural justice,” Dabule says in the petition.

Court documents also indicate that some time back in 1982, without their notice, the said banks illegally and wrongfully through Bank of Uganda, accessed the petitioners’ money and used it.

As a result, they said, they lost control over their funds and could not invest it or benefit from it.

Through their lawyers of Omongole and Company Advocates, the petitioners want court to compel Bank of Uganda and the other named commercial banks to pay back their money in Uganda shillings at a dollar rate of $1 to Shs7, a rate that was applicable in 1979 when the accounts were frozen.

They also want an order for a compound interest at a commercial rate of 25% per annum for money invested in Treasury Bills from 1979 till time of payment in full.

“Court must order that each of us is compensated in damages for the last 36 years that the rights were violated and suffered,” the petition insists.

By publication, court was yet to summon the cited commercial banks and the Bank of Uganda to file in their defense before a hearing date can be set.


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