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HAM CASE: DTB Lawyer Kiryowa Defends Loan Process

The court battle between Hamis Kiggundu, the proprietor of Ham Enterprises and Diamond Trust Bank is raging with the financial institution’s lawyer Kiryowa Kiwanuka saying the process or lending billions of money to the businessman was legitimate.

Through his lawyers of Muwema and Company Advocates, Hamis today Monday asked High Court Commercial Division Judge Henry Peter Adonyo to strike out Diamond Trust Bank’s (DTB) defense in a case which he accuses the bank of deducting money from his account without his consent.

Muwema argued that the defense filed in court by DTB Bank Lawyers led by Kiryowa Kiwanuka, contains a number of illegalities.

“The loan is based on an illegal transaction, the loan agreements are illegal because they were made from Kenya lending money here. It involves a local bank which facilitated a foreign bank to break the law,” Muwema stated.

At first, Muwema  had raised a contention that DTB Kenya has no license allowing it to operate in Uganda but this was solved by the defendant lawyer who accepted that its true.

They further faulted DTB of having lent their client money while in Uganda and instead decided to use DTB Uganda as their agent to demand for collection of the said loan.

Counsel Kiryowa, in his submissions, insisted that all loan transactions were done in Kenya but it was only the property which was provided as security that is found in Uganda.

Due to the importance of this application, the judge has decided to conclude it in time before resuming with the main case.

He has ordered both parties to file their written submissions and promised to deliver his ruling on October 5, 2020..

In today’s session, the two parties have agreed on a number of key issues which must be focused on during the hearing of the matter.

Ham dragged DTB -Uganda, and DTB-Kenya to Commercial Court for reportedly taking over shs 120b from his accounts without his knowledge and consent.

In its Defense, DTB says that Ham Enterprise Limited is indebted to a tune of USD 6,298,380 on term loan facility of USD 6,663,453, Shs 2.8 billion on the demand overdraft facility of Shs 1.5 billion, temporary demand overdraft facility of Shs1b, 3,662,241 on the term loan facility of USD 4,000,000 and 4458,604 on the term loan facility of USD 500,000.

According to court documents, Hamis provided security/mortgage comprised in Plot no.923, Block 9 located at Makerere Hill Road to support the credit facilities he had got from DTB but the businessman says when he carried out an audit and reconciliation of the loan accounts, he found out that the DTB had taken Shs 34 billion and $23 million from his account.

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