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Basajjabalaba's Brother Charged

Mr Muzamiru Basajjabalaba, a younger brother to prominent city businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba, has been charged in connection with uttering a forged consent judgment leading to the payment of Shs142 billion to HABA group of companies.
Mr Muzamiru Basajjabalaba, a younger brother to prominent city businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba, has been charged in connection with uttering a forged consent judgment leading to the payment of Shs142 billion to HABA group of companies.

 

Mr Muzamiru (43), and the director HABA group of companies, had been on the run. He appeared before the Anti Corruption Court presided over by Chief Magistrate, Irene Akankwasa, and charged with similar offenses like his elder brother Hassan Basajjabalaba.

 

He denied the charges of uttering a false document and conspiracy to defeat tax laws.

 

He was released on a cash bail of Shs40 million and his three sureties including his brother Nasser Basajjabalaba, were each bonded at a non cash of Shs2 billion.

 

Court heard that Mr Muzamiru, conspired with his elder brother, Mr Basajjabalaba, to prevent the execution or enforcement of tax laws in respect of taxes amounting to Shs20 million.

 

The offense was allegedly committed between 2010 and 2011.

 

Further court heard that the duo during 2011, in a miscellaneous cause number 0083 of 2010, HABA group Vs Attorney General (AG), knowingly and fraudulently, uttered a forged consent judgment dated October 6 20101, purporting to have been entered into between HABA group and AG, whereas not.

 

Court set March 6 as a date it will start hearing the fraud case after state prosecutor, Ms Omara, informed the court that investigations into the matter are complete.

 

In a related development, a private prosecutor Mr Allan Mulindwa, stormed court accusing the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Richard Buteera, for irregularly taking over his case that he had instituted against city businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba.

 

He lamented on how the DPP never consulted him as a concerned party before he took over his private prosecution, an action he said is unconstitutional.

 

However, the magistrate in her short ruling; concurred with the submissions of the state prosecutors; Lillian Omara and Robert Mackay, that the DPP has the powers to continue or discontinue criminal matters without consulting anyone and that he was illegally before her court.

 

Shortly after court, Mr Mulindwa said he was aggrieved with the court’s ruling and that he intends to petition the Constitutional Court over this irregularity committed by the DPP.

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