High Court Judge Yasin Nyanzi has bashed Buganda Road court Resident state attorney Jonathan Muwaganya over what he termed as having personal interests in certain cases.
Last week, Muwanganya told Buganda road Chief Magistrate Jameson Karemani that the case involving city businessman Honest Kavuma the director, pilule Brights Commercial Brokerages had been committed to High court for trial
Kavuma is accused of forging documents so as to defraud USD 193, tadalafil 000,000.
However during the bail hearing, Justice Nyanzi wondered why a “small case” that could be tried by the lower court had been sent to High Court.
“So how am I supposed to sit and hear such cases? This is an embarrassment,” Justice Nyanzi said.
“These are not matters of the High Court. If they (Magistrate’s court) can’t try the charges, we also cannot try them.”
Justice Nyanzi said this situation leaves the accused nowhere since both courts can’t try the charges against him.
According to the charge sheet, Kavuma is charged with forging a letter of credit confirmation dated November 15, 2016 of USD 193,000,000 from Chase bank, Kenya.
It is also alleged that he obtained USD 556,000 (2.3Billion shillings) from Jay Florin Adedayo, a Nigerian Businessman who also doubles as the director of Citi commodities, based in Dubai.
This website has however learnt separately that Adedayo is being investigated by Financial investigations Authority over money laundering.
Court records show that on the May 5, 2017, Kavuma appeared in court to be charged for uttering documents only for him to committed to the High court which is a rare event and he was remanded to Luzira Murchison Prison.
He was also denied opportunity to apply for bail.
However, after spending a fortnight in prison, Kavuma was granted a non cash bail before Justice Nyanzi ordered him not to report again at the Buganda road court citing conflict of interest in the case by the prosecutor.
This website has since learnt that Kavuma’s accounts in standard chartered bank, Barclays and KCB have been frozen as well as attachment of his vehicle and property by police.
According to records by police, Kavuma, also known as Champagne Papi, is a business man who deals in stock markets and investments.
He has had several huge bank transactions amounting to USD5.3 million in a period of 9 months from different banks in Switzerland, Germany, Dubai and Mauritius which the Criminal Investigations Directorate(CID) has started investigating basing on the adedayo’s allegations of money laundering.