First Lady Janet Museveni

Mbarara – A South African firm is seeking court redress after its local partner reportedly tried to take over its business and ownership of a school project donated to First Lady Janet Museveni.

Hydraform International Property Ltd accuses Hydrahomes (U) Ltd, a firm now owned by one of their former local agents Harrison Busingye, of attempting to get them out of business after they disagreed on operations.

The South African firm has been supporting Rweikiniro Secondary School in Ruhama County, where Ms Museveni is MP, with funds to build classroom blocks and toilets.

The firm had appointed their agent, Mr Busingye, to oversee the construction. However, disagreements emerged between Hydraform and Mr Busingye. The South Africans accused Mr Busingye of acting in a manner that would jeopardise the firm’s operations in Uganda and fired him after the Ruhama project.

But their war intensified when the South Africans were to hand over the project to Ms Museveni. Mr Busingye lodged an injunction at the High Court in Mbarara, saying he would be the one to hand it over to the community.

The court has since issued an interim order blocking the hand over pending disposal of the miscellaneous application. But Mr Busingye’s lawyer, Michael Akampurira, told the court this week that his client, after lodging an interim order restraining Hydraform from interfering in the project, handed over the classroom block to the community.

Mr Busingye claims that he funded part of the project but the South African firm argues it fully funded the project. The court presided over by Judge Andrew Bashaija set April 14 for hearing of the main suit.

By Alfred Tumushabe, Daily Monitor

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