High Court Judge Patricia Wasswa Basaza has cleared the Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II to appeal against her orders which she issued early this month requiring him to disclose all particulars of his bank accounts and all occupants of his Kingdom land to one of his subjects Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka .
In this ruling where journalists were locked out, one of Kabaka’s lawyers raised a number of issues which the Court of Appeal has to look into.
The 5th June 2017 court order required the Kabaka to reveal Buganda Land Board financial statements in both Stanbic bank and Bank of Africa where monies collected from occupants of the kingdom land is banked.
The judge also ordered that the particulars of all the occupants be availed to Mabirizi before 30th June in preparation for hearing of his case where he challenges the kingdom’s “Ekyapa mu ngalo” campaign.
Since in such rulings the party which is not contented with the judgement has to seek permission of appeal, the Kabaka accordingly sought permission from Justice Basaza to challenge her orders before the Court of Appeal
The Kabaka through his lawyers pointed out that if he is not allowed to appeal, the right to privacy of his other occupants who voluntarily registered and do not wish their affairs to go public will be violated since they are even not parties interested in this case.
He added that Mabirizi didn’t bring evidence to show that any tenant was coerced or threatened in any form to register, or any evidence showing that himself is a tenant who has been given authority to lawfully represent others.
In the main case before Justice Basaza, Mabirizi a Buganda subject faults his king for levying registration fees ranging from shs100,000 to Shs600,000 from occupants of the kingdom land which he claims it belongs to the public and the Kabaka just holds it in trust of his subjects.
The matter seeking for staying Justice Basaza’s orders has been fixed on 28th June before the court of Appeal