Court name
High Court of Uganda
Case number
Civil Appeal-2008/39
Judgment date
8 November 2009

Henry Baganda v Godfrey Zinga & Anor (Civil Appeal-2008/39) [2009] UGHC 107 (08 November 2009);

Cite this case
[2009] UGHC 107
THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA
IN THE HIGH COURT OF UGANDA AT KAMPALA
(LAND DIVISION)
CIVIL APPEAL N0. 3
9 OF 2008

HENRY BAGANDA                      …….                 APPELLANT

V E R S U S

1. GODFREY ZINGA
2. WILLIAM MUKASA
                ……                 RESPONDENTS


RULING BY HON. MR. JUSTICE JOSEPH MURANGIRA

The appellant, Henry Baganda, filed in this court, Civil Appeal N0. 39 of 2008 through his lawyers, M/s Bwambale, Musedde & Co. Advocates, on 3rd July, 2009 against Godfrey Zinga and William Mukasa, the respondents. The respondents are represented by M/s Lutaakome & Co. Advocates.

On 6th November, 2009 when the appeal came up for hearing, Mr. Bugembe Patrick, Counsel for the respondent raised preliminary objection that this appeal was filed out of time. He submitted that judgment was delivered on 19th December, 2008, and that however, the memorandum of appeal was filed on 3rd July, 2009, almost six (6) months after the deliver of the judgment.

I perused the record of the court and ascertained that judgment in the lower court was delivered on 19th December 2008. And that the appeal was filed on 3rd July 2009 when the memorandum of appeal was filed in this court. Certainly, this appeal was filed out of time. Section 79 of the Civil Procedure Act provides that an appeal to the High Court shall lie within 30 days from the date of the delivery of the judgment. Again, Order 43 rule 1 (i) of the Civil Procedure Rules provides that an appeal shall commence to the memorandum of appeal. I also noted that the appellant never filed a decree arising out the judgment that was delivered on 19th December 2008, as required by section 220 (i) (a) of the Magistrate’s Courts Act, cap 16 Laws of Uganda.

In view of all the above, I agree with counsel for the respondents, that the appeal was filed out of time. Therefore, there is no appeal before me.

Accordingly, Civil appeal N0. 39 of 2008 is dismissed with costs to the respondents.

Dated at Kampala this 9th day of November, 2009
Sgd
Judge
09/11/09



09/11/09
Mr. Ronald Karizi from Lutakome & Co. Advocates holding brief from Bugembe Patrick. It is for a ruling. I am ready to receive the same.

The 1st respondent is in court.
The 2nd respondent is absent so is the appellant.
Ms. Namusoke Justine, the clerk in court.

Court: Ruling is delivered in open court.
Sgd
Judge
09/11/09