After receiving submissions from Bank of Uganda (BoU) and A Plus Funeral Services, Court has set a date for the hearing of the case.
During the burial of socialite Ivan Semwanga in Kayunga in May, members of his Rich Gang splashed cash and booze in his grave.
This angered activists such as Robert Ssenfuka and Abey Mgugu sued the bereaved family Central Bank and A Plus Funeral Services for looking on as legal tender was being buried.
BANK OF UGANDA
Bank of Uganda has since responded through its legal department in a written statement of defence in the High Court.
BoU argues that before the Semwanga incident, the central bank had started on plans to have the BoU Act amended to include a clause that will criminalise any action that is deemed to be a misuse of currency notes and coins.
Indeed the Bill is lined up for debate in Parliament in 2017-18.
A PLUS FUNERAL SERVICES
A Plus Funeral Management Company Ltd through managing director Ronald Zaake has also filed its defence in the High Court.
Zaake says that the company was not hired to bury Ssemwanga but to manage the funeral.
He says that the deceased’s family, relatives and friends who hired A Plus were satisfied with their work.
Zaake also argues that the contract for the funeral did not extend to determining the choice of the manner of send off by the deceased’ family, relatives and friends.
Justice Margaret Oguli Oumo has set August 21, 2017 as date of hearing of the case in which the plaintiffs want Semwanga’s body exhumed to recover the money.