BISHOP DR. HAMLET KABUSHENGA LOSES ANOTHER COURT CASE
By Ambrose Kweronda
The Founding Chancellor of Great Lakes Regional University Bishop Hon. Dr. Hamlet Kabushenga on Wednesday lost a second application to evade justice at the Commercial Court Division of High Court sitting in Kampala.
In his application made by Mrs Alvarez Advocates, Kabushenga sought leave of court to enable him appeal to the Court of Appeal against court orders issued against him in a case filed by Great Lakes Regional University, CHIFCOD and donors in UK, USA and Germany through MMAKS Advocates.
Justice Anne B. Mugenyi summarily dismissed the application with costs for lack of merit. The Honorable Justice argued that the case was simply unappeasable given the fact that no judgement has already been made.
Earlier in May 2022, court gave orders to maintain status quo for purposes of non-disruption of business in the university and CHIFCOD schools.
Court also restrained Kabushenga and his agents, associates and appointees from accessing the premises for avoidance of abuse of court process.
However, Kabushenga, his relatives and goons armed with basketball bats, axes, spears stormed the university and schools in Kanungu on 2nd January 2023 under police protection commanded by the Kanungu district deputy RDC Gad Rugaju in total defiance of the court orders.
It is reported that the takeover was quickly followed by looting of vital financial documents, students’ academic transcripts and IT equipment.
The university and CHIFCOD directors led by Mr Honest Wilkins Natukwasa have sued Dr Hamlet and 4 others for contempt of court and hearing has been fixed for March 2023.
It is clear that Dr. Kabushenga was trying to appeal against the court case to avoid justice over university funds in excess of 3,000,000 USD that he cannot account for before judgment could be made.
Kabushenga has also been sued for defamation over injurious claims he made against the directors and donors of the university referring to them as promoters of homosexuality.
The directors accuse Kabushenga of introducing diversionary techniques to avoid public scrutiny of his financial impropriety relating to donor funds before he resigned as director of the university and the schools.
To date, Great Lakes University remains closed to students and staff.
Over 600 students continue to miss lectures due to the unrest including 214 who sit UBTEB national examinations. About 300 students have also failed to graduate since 2019 and the number is set to double in May 2023.
The conflict threatens the very existence and progress of the university and the schools.