EXCLUSIVE: Entebbe Municipality MP Faces Arrest Over Shs63.37M Debt

By Sadique Bamwita




The Entebbe Municipality legislator, Hon. Michael Kakembo Mbwatekamwa is in trouble after Kampala High court issued a warrant of arrest in execution order 22 to arrest him and produce him before court for failure to pay a debt to a tune of Shs63.37M.


This is the money he owes his predecessor Hon. Rosemary Tumusiime, who defeated him in court twice after he challenged her victory in 2016.


In 2021 parliamentary elections, Hon. Kakembo stood against Tumusiime and he defeated her with a landslide victory. After winning the 2021 polls, Kakembo embarked on paying Tumusiime’s debt which arose from legal costs and damages following two appeals both in High court and court of appeal which Hon. Kakembo lost.


It should be remembered that in 2019, in an appeal number 08 of 2019, court ordered Hon. Kakembo to pay decree holder Hon. Rosemary Tumusiime Shs63.37M, which Kakembo claims he cleared 2years ago.


However according to the warrant of arrest issued on May, 31st, 2024, it is alleged Hon. Michael Kakembo has not paid the money to the decree holder Hon. Rosemary Tumusiime and thus the debt remains outstanding.


In the warrant of arrest seen by this reporter, it commands any police officer to arrest Hon. Kakembo unless he pays the said Shs63.37M plus other additional costs of executing the process to bring him before court with convenient speed.


The warrant of arrest reads in parts:


“The warrant is supposed to be returned to court with an endorsement certifying the day on which it has been executed. This serves to direct every police officer in the Uganda police force to ensure the execution of this order in an orderly and peaceful manner, “reads part of the warrant of arrest.


Hon. Michael Kakembo Mbwatekamwa confirms receipt of the warrant of arrest through his Lawyers of Lukwago &CO. Advocates and in his reply through his Lawyers they state that:


“Whereas K&K Co. Advocates made an application for execution of decree suit no EP 09 2016 by arrest and imprisonment of the same person, you are hereby required to appear before court on 13/06/2024 at 10:15 am to show cause why you should not be committed to the civil procedure in execution of the said decree. Signed by Lukwago &Co. Advocates.


It should be recalled that in 2016 parliamentary elections Hon. Kakembo became second in the elections after Hon. Rosemary Tumusiime beat him with a margin of 400 votes.  Dissatisfied Kakembo went to challenge Tumusiime’s victory in the High court which ruled in favor of Tumusiime.  Hon. Kakembo was not contented again with the ruling of the High court and petitioned the court of appeal which maintained the ruling of the High court and ordered him to pay Tumusiime the costs of legal and application fees plus costs for damages .


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