Juliet Hatanga, the Deputy registrar of the High Court Commercial Division has issued an arrest warrant against William Chemonges, the Kween County Member of Parliament who is on run over Shs340m debt.
The furious registrar further appointed Court Bailiff Simon Peter Ochieng to execute the warrant of arrest after the legislator failed to appear before her court on 16th September 2022 or send his lawyer to explain to Court why he should not be imprisoned for failing to pay the money.
“The last time the matter was adjourned, the parties were all present yet Court has not received any communication from the debtor nor his lawyer. Therefore, Chemonges has failed to show cause why execution should not be issued against him,” She said.
The arrest warrant followed submissions from counsel Justine Akineza who represented the applicants Mable Tumuheise and Justus Bagamuhunda who sued the legislator over breach of contract.
Akineza told Court that Chemonges abused the 10 days given him by the presiding deputy registrar to negotiate the matter before Court gives its final ruling.
They reported that he even declined to attend or send a representative even after assuring them that he was going to attend so that they strategise on how he was going to pay the said debt.
In 2019, the applicants contracted Chemonges through his company Wiljon Estate Limited to construct for them Apartments on their land on Kyadondo Block 223, plot 1667 at Nabwoojo, Namugongo in Wakiso district.
The legislator’s company was supposed to handover the finished Apartment within 7 months which he failed to fulfil.
He requested for extension of the period when to complete the said Apartments and three more months were given to him.
Both parties signed another agreement showing that the defendant had to complete the entire construction within the additional months otherwise the contract will be terminated.
The applicants added that the defendant still failed and even failed to fit floor tiles in the apartments which resulted in a suit against him.
The legislator was not reached for a comment as his known phone numbers were not going through.
By Sengooba Alirabaki
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