IN THE HIGH COURT OF UGANDA HOLDEN AT KAMPALA
MISCELLANEOUS APPLICATION NO.009/2009
IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF THE LATE YUSUF KALANZI OF BUWOOYA L.C.I. JJUNGO SABAWALI
IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION FOR A CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY BY BEATRICE N. KALANZI
BEFORE: HON. LADY JUSTICE, MARGARET C. OGULI OUMO.
The grounds of the application are:-
2) That the deceased Yusuf Kalanzi had his principal residential holding at Buwooya Block 527 Plot 41 where he resided
together with the applicant.
3) That the applicant is entitled to occupy the residential holding as the wife (widow) of the late Yusuf Kalanzi.
4) That it is just and equitable that this application be allowed and the applicant be granted a Certificate of Occupancy.
S.26 of the Succession Act provides that;
The residential holding normally occupied by a person dying intestate prior to his or her death as his or her principal residence or owned by him or her as a principal residential holding, including the house chattels therein, shall be held by his or her personal representative upon trust for his or her legal heir subject to the rights of occupancy and terms and conditions set out in the Second Schedule to this Act.
Part 1 of the Second Schedule to the Succession Act lists the persons entitled to occupy the intestate’s house as under;
1 Persons entitled to occupation
1) In the case of a residential holding occupied by the intestate prior to his or her death, or her principle
residence, any wife or husband, as the case may be, and any children, under eighteen years of age if male, and twenty-one years of
age and unmarried is female, who are normally resident in the residential holding should be allowed to occupy it.
Under section 98 of the Civil Procedure Act, the High Court has inherent powers to grant such remedies as are necessary in the interests of justice and to prevent the abuse of court process.
In the instant case, Counsel for the applicant; Mr. Moses Tomusange, submitted that the applicant was married to the late Yusuf Kalanzi
in a church ceremony, solemnization 1/01/1944 (See the Marriage Certificate on the court file attached as Annexture “A”). That by the time the deceased died on 9/4/1990, the applicant was residing with him at their matrimonial home at Buwooya in Busiro Block 527 Plot 41 at Kiumu, Wakiso District, as evidenced by the copy of the Certificate of Title on the court file attached as Annexture “B”.
In view of the above, court is satisfied that the applicant is the widow of the deceased, is entitled to stay in the residential holding that she used to occupy with her husband, the deceased, in Busiro Block 527, Plot 41 at Kiumu, Wakiso District.
Consequently, the application is allowed and the applicant is granted the right of occupancy of the residential holding and the court
makes no order as to costs.
Mr. Tomusange Moses-Counsel for the applicant
Ms.Nalongo Nandaula-Court Clerk
Nyakwebara Elizabeth-Research Assistant