Uganda: Supreme Court Orders Retrial of SHS120 Billion Ham – DTB Case

The Supreme Court in Kampala has referred back to the Commercial Division of the High Court the shs120 billion loan case between businessman Hamis Kiggundu and Diamond Trust Bank(DTB) Uganda and Kenya.

A panel of five justices of the court including the Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo, Lady Justice Faith Mwondha, Lady Justice Percy Tuhaise, Justice Stephen Musota and Justice Mike Chibita ruled that it is only prudent that the case is returned to the lower court for fresh hearing.

“The issue of illegality having been resolved in this appeal, between the parties hereto, which was the genesis of the appeal to the Court of Appeal, and ultimately to this court, is remitted back to the High Court for trial before another judge; basing only on issues of fact arising from the pleadings,” Dollo said in a lead judgement read for him by Lady Justice Percy Tuhaise on Tuesday.


Kiggundu, the proprietor of Ham Enterprises Limited and Kiggs International (U) limited dragged DTB -Uganda, and DTB-Kenya to Commercial Court for allegedly fraudulently siphoning over sh120billion from his accounts without his knowledge and consent which consequently directed that he is refunded the money taken from his account.

The Commercial Court ruled in the favour of Ham and ordered DTB to pay shs120 billion.

DTB appealed against the decision of the lower court and in its subsequent judgement, the Court of Appeal ordered for a retrial of the matter in the Commercial Court.