Court name
Court of Appeal of Uganda
Judgment date
21 January 1998

Uganda Revenue Authority v Bushenyi Commercial AG and 2 Ors (Civil Application-1997/54) [1998] UGCA 21 (21 January 1998);

Cite this case
[1998] UGCA 21
THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL
OF UGANDA AT KAMPALA
CIVIL APLICATION NO. 54/97.

UGANDA REVENUE AUTHORITY:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: APPLICANT

VERSUS

BUSHENYI COMMERCIAL AG. & 2 OTHERS::::::::::::::::::::::: RESPONDENT

CORAM;
THE HON. GM OKELLO, J.A.
Ruling of The Court:
This app1ication was brought under rule 4 of the rules of this Court seeking to lodge the appeal out of time • When it was called for hearing, Counsel for the 1st respondent raised a preliminary objection arguing that the application is incompetent as the Notice of appeal lodged on 12.7.97 was subsequently struck out leaving no notice of Appeal to support it. Counsel distinguished the case of Delia Almeida V. CR. Carmo Rui Alimeida, civil. Application No. 15 of 1990 (S C) 1992 IV KALR In that case, the applicant sought to lodge fresh notice of appeal out of time after the previous one had been struck out. The court granted the application. In the instant application, the applicant sought to lodge the appeal out of time • Rule 82 presupposes that appea1 is lodged after the Notice of appeal has been lodged and is in existence. In the present application, the Notice of appeal was struck out. In the absence of such a notice of appeal, the appeal cannot be competently 1odged.

Mr. Olany Counsel for the applicant submitted that he had intended to seek to lodge a fresh Notice of appeal after the earlier one had been struck out. That submission is not tenable in view of the clear wording in the Notice of motion. It is clear that, there was a failure of meeting of the mind of the person who drafted the Notice of motion and what Mr.Olany intended to seek. This court goes by the document filed in court. In the circumstances I agree with Counsel for the 1st and 2nd Respondent as indeed Mr.Olany Counsel for the applicant also conceded that this application is incompetent and it is accordingly struck out with cost to the respondents.
Dated at Kampala this 22nd day of January, 1998
G.M.OKELLO
JUSTICE OF APPEAL.