City businessman Mohan Musisi Kiwanuka recently wrote to his estranged son Jordan Ssebuliba Kiwanuka ordering him to vacate his properties.
Kiwanuka’s family is embroiled in a court battle over the management of his property.
Kiwanuka who is the husband of former Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka has more than 46 properties whose management is being contested for by Ssebuliba.
Ssebuliba is the son of Mohan’s first wife Beatrice.
According to documents before the Civil division of the High court, Ssebuliba and his mother contend that his father, popularly known as ‘Oscar’ is in poor health and can no longer run his multibillion empire.
Ssebuliba recently filed a suit [Miscellaneous Cause Number 249 of 2019] seeking a medical examination of his father on grounds that the latter has major lapses in his memory and cognition.
A copy of the said medical report which indicates that he has Alzheimer’s is attached in court.
He therefore wants a manager or temporary conservator appointed to run the business.
During an interview with Bukedde TV on Wednesday, Kiwanuka wondered why Ssebuliba was even fighting for his properties yet he is not his biological son.
“Ssebuliba is just ungrateful. He is not my real son but I raised him as my own,” he unfolded.
“Long ago, his mother used to work as a Secretary in Entebbe and she had an affair with her boss. When she gave birth I tasked her to go for a DNA checkup but she refused. I did not insist so I decided to raise her as my own. I took him to the best schools. I even took him to United Kingdom [UK] where he pursued a degree in law.”
On the other hand, in a letter dated June 17, 2019, Kiwanuka told Ssebuliba that he acquired his properties as commercial investments and not charity citing that on several occasions, he has verbally asked him in a parental manner to make arrangements to return the properties back to him for proper management but he turned a deaf hear.
“You will recall that you moved into the above properties without my knowledge and or permission, which no other sibling of yours has ever done. You occupied those properties for the last ten (10) years on commercial basis generating money therefrom without any accountability and without paying rent,” said Kiwanuka.
“I now need those properties and it will be decent of you to hand them back to me without the embarrassment of resorting auctioneers or any other forceful methods for that matter.”
Below is Kiwanuka’s verbatim letter to Ssebuliba:
17th June 2019
Mr. Jordan Sebuliba Kiwanuka
Kololo – Kampala
DEMAND FOR VACANT POSSESSION FRV FOLIO 20 PLOT 21-29 GOLF COURSE ROAD, KOLOLO AND PLOT 10 AKII BUA AVENUE NAKASERO.
I have been forced to pen this missive to you to make you understand my reasons behind the position I have taken with regard to my above properties among others.
You should know me well enough by now to understand that under any other circumstances, I would not have to explain my reasons to you or anybody else for that matter.
The reasons I am doing this is because you decided to blow my decision to take back my properties out of proportion and to portray me amongst your siblings and other relatives as being inconsiderate and unreasonable, which is not true.
You will recall that you moved into the above properties without my knowledge and or permission, which no other sibling of yours has ever done. You occupied those properties for the last ten (10) years on commercial basis generating money therefrom without any accountability and without paying rent.
You knew from the beginning that I acquired those properties as commercial investments and not charity. On several occasions, I have verbally asked you in a parental manner to make arrangements to return the properties back to me for proper management but you turned a deaf hear.
It is therefore not true that the notice from my lawyers came unexpectedly or was a surprise. You knew I needed you out of these properties many years back.
I was taken aback recently when you dared to suggest to my face that I should close up and sell my factory! Jordan, I was greatly disappointed and hurt. You cannot phantom where I have come from to achieve whatever I have achieved and for you [you] have the audacity to dare to suggest that I should sell my factory because in your view, I can no longer manage to run it, was an insult to say the least.
In light of your ill-advised actions, I have come to learn how you have been trying to influence my staff behind my back to stop them from working on Saturdays and how you deducted payments from the security staff without you declaring it. This is a direct interference with my workers and intermeddling in my work which I cannot continue to tolerate.
After your ill-fated advice or directive for the sale of my factory, you instigated people who claimed to be KCCA enforcements people to come to the factory on or about the 21st May 2019 and threatened to close the factory for unpaid dues. Fortunately I had previously given a payment schedule to KCCA which they had accepted but their response was received at your office and [you] never forwarded to me.
There are a number of other unpleasant incidents I could mention but I hope the above gives you a sense of my feelings and the reasons behind my decision.
I gave you the best education and upbringing just like all your siblings. In return, I have not seen any particular moment where you have shown care for me, your father but only insatiable desire to grab whatever you can lay your hands on.
Lastly, I want you and your siblings to know that I made my investments on my own business instincts which most people could not appreciate at the time but turned out as well as I had anticipated. I now need those properties and it will be decent of you to hand them back to me without the embarrassment of resorting auctioneers or any other forceful methods for that matter. By copy of this letter, my lawyers are hereby instructed to follow through my instructions to the letter.
Your Dad [signature] … Cc M/s Buwule & Mayiga Advocates.