Airtel in trouble as farmer goes to court

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A Ugandan farmer in Mayuge District has sued Airtel Uganda demanding UGX 300 million as compensation for trespassing on his land since 2011. Our report says civil suit was logged at the High Court in Jinja, through Tumusiime, Irumba and Company Advocates and Solicitors, by Baidu Mwamadi for alleged trespass on his land in Bunya.

Mwamadi claims that Airtel trespassed on his land in 2011 without his permission by excavating and installing wires, pipes and cables. In the process, the farmer says crops from which his family derived sustenance were destroyed, such as sweet potatoes, banana trees, eucalyptus trees, coffee bushes and sugarcane, causing acute financial loss.

Robert Mucwa, a lawyer working with Tumusiime, Irumba and Company Advocates and Solicitors, said they have severally engaged Airtel on resolving the matter but in vain. The court has given Airtel fifteen days to file a defence, warning that the plaintiff would proceed with the suit and judgement may be given in its absence if at all there is no compliance. Dennis Kakonge, Airtel’s legal director, said they had received the Jinja High Court summons and they were ready to file their defence as directed.

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