Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) embattled president James Michael Akena has been summoned by a city magistrate to face fresh criminal charges of trespassing on Uganda House and commandeering the building.
Court summons require Akena and co-suspects to appear on October 6 to plead to the criminal charges. The new criminal charges come on the heels of civil charges Dr Olara Otunnu brought against Akena recently for seizing Uganda House and stealing his laptop.
In the civil charges, Otunnu wants Akena to compensate him for trespassing on the building, ransacking the UPC offices, stealing his laptop and for destroying a number of properties.
The High court has since issued out summons to Akena, his wife and other defendants to file their defense. We could not immediately establish whether Akena responded to the summons.
Buganda Road Magistrate Mary Kisakye signed the news summons after private lawyers of the firm of KSMO Advocates filed criminal charges against Akena, his wife, Betty Amongin and fourteen other UPC officials allied to him.
Charges brought against Akena, his wife Amongin and other suspects indicate that they unlawfully seized the six floor of Uganda House, which is home to the party’s headquarters.
During the seizure, prosecution claims Akena and his people breached public peace and maliciously damaged a number of properties including a laptop for his rival Dr Olara Otunnu.[related_posts]
Uganda House has been a subject of ownership wrangle between UPC and the late Dr Milton Obote family. While Obote’s family claims that the building is their private property, UPC led by Otunnu claims it was built by funds contributed by party members.
The Uganda government was the first to lay claim to Uganda House, saying it was built with the National Social Security Funds. The establishment would later withdraw the case in court, after failing to prove its assertions.