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Kisenyi Building Demolition Case File Transferred to Another Judge

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 Ssekaana. 

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 Building Committee.

Ssentongo argued that the ongoing works and developments were recently affected by the collapse of part of the building which he attributed to the heavy rains.

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.

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