Wilson Kyambadde, the husband of Trade and Industry Minister Amelia Kyambadde was on Monday arrested committed to civil prison for six months for failure to pay debt worth Ugx. 1.1 billion to a one Amdan Khan.
Mr. Kyambadde, the 2011 Kampala Mayor aspirant reportedly conned Mr. Amdan of the said money promising to sell him a building at Nasser road in Kampala.
Court bailiff Moses Kirunda arrested Kyambadde in Old Kampala as he reportedly headed to attend a burial. Mr Kyambadde was taken to the Civil Division of the High Court, where he had since 2013 failed to appear in person
In 2013, High Court Execution Division Assistant Registrar, Mr Lawrence Tweyanze, four years ago ordered Mr Kyambadde to pay back the money he picked in the name of a failed property transaction. Court, however, heard yesterday that he took no steps to comply.
In 2012, Kyambadde through MP Mohammad Nsereko approached Mr Khan and claimed he had a building on Nasser Road in central Kampala, which he allegedly said had been offered to him by State House. He reportedly informed Mr Khan he was looking for a buyer of the building and the latter picked interest and made $300,000 (about Ugx. 1.1b) down payment.
Mr Kyambadde allegedly returned to Mr Khan with forged ownership documentation he purported had been issued by State House, which the businessman discovered were falsified.
The latter subsequently sued Mr Kyambadde to recover his money, but without success.
Deputy Registrar in charge of execution at High Court Flavia Nassuuna faulted Kyambadde for deliberately frustrating Amdan by filing several applications of stay in court which he failed to prosecute. Meanwhile court has ordered Amdan to pay a daily fee of sh3000 to cater for Kyambadde’s food for the six months he will spend in prison.
Kyambadde is not first high-profile figure to be committed to civil prison. April this year, Kawempe North Member of Parliament, Mubarak Munyagwa, was committed to civil prison for failing to pay Ugx. 100 million to one John Baptist Maali. The MP’s troubles started when he failed to vacate to a piece of land he sold to Maali in 2015. After failure by Munyagwa to hand over the piece of land, Maali claims that he requested Munyagwa to refund his money but in vain.