Basajjabalaba Hearing Starts Tomorrow

The Anti Corruption Court is tomorrow expected to start hearing of the case in which city tycoon Hassan Basajjabalaba. Basajjabalaba stands accused of forging a consent judgment that led to the eventual payment of Shs142 billion after he lost out on various city market tenders.

The case is expected to be heard by Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa.

The businessman who is out on a cash bail of Shs60 million is charged along with his younger brother, Basajjabalaba Muzamiru, 43, the director of HABA group.

Mr Basajjabalaba (45) is charged with uttering a false document, forgery of a judicial document and conspiracy to defeat tax laws. He denies the charges.

According to the charge sheet, Mr Basajjabalaba and his younger brother, Muzamiru, between 2010 and 2011, conspired to prevent or defeat the execution or enforcement of tax laws in respect of taxes amounting toShs20 billion.

The Shs20 billion were taxes to be paid by the businessman out of the Shs142 billion compensation award he had received from government.

The money was arising from the compensation award to his company, HABA group after several of his market tenders were cancelled.

Further, prosecution alleges that on or about October 6, last year, forged a consent judgment purporting to have been entered into between his company HABA and the attorney general agreeing that the payments of Shs142 billion  would not be subjected to any taxes, whereas the award was subjected to the tax laws.

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