Court name
Supreme Court of Uganda
Case number
Civil Appeal-2005/2
Judgment date
15 March 2006

Stanbic Bank (U) Ltd v Atabya Agencies (Civil Appeal-2005/2) [2006] UGSC 6 (15 March 2006);

Cite this case
[2006] UGSC 6
Short summary:
Civil Procedure, Institution of proceedings, Filing of Process

THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

 

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF UGANDA

AT MENGO

 

[CORAM: ODOKI, CJ, ODER, TSEKOOKO, KAROKORA AND KANYEIHAMBA,JJ.S.C.]

 

 

CIVIL APPEAL No.2 OF 2005

 

BETWEEN

 

STANBIC BANK (U) LTD. ::::::::: APPELLANT

 

AND

 

ATABYA AGENCIES ::::::::::: RESPONDENT

 

[Appeal from a decision of the Court of Appeal at Kampala

(Mpagi-Bahigeine, Engwau and Twinomujuni, JJ.A.) dated 7th December, 2004 in Civil Appeal No.59 of 2004]

 

 

JUDGMENT OF TSEKOOKO, JSC.

 

This appeal is against the decision of the Court of Appeal which upheld the ruling of the High Court ordering the appellant as a guarantor to pay over Shs. One billion to the respondent on behalf of Uganda Commercial Bank (UCB).

 

The facts leading to this appeal can be summarised as follows. The respondent Atabya Agencies Ltd., instituted civil suit No.1197 of 1999 against UCB in the High Court claiming a certain sum of money. The High Court, (Okumu-Wengi,J) decided the suit in favour of the respondent. UCB filed a notice of appeal showing an intention to appeal against the decision of the High Court and also sought for and obtained a stay of execution of the judgment and the decree of the High Court, pending institution and disposal of the intended appeal. The stay was granted after the appellant made a guarantee dated 24th June, 2003 in favour of the respondent agreeing to pay the decretal amount on behalf of the UCB if the intended appeal was decided in favour of the respondent. Subsequently a Court of Appeal Civil Appeal No.69 of 2003 was in fact instituted. However Counsel who prepared and instituted the appeal apparently entitled the appeal as under:

 

"STANBIC BANK UGANDA LIMITED"

(Now merged with Uganda Commercial Bank Limited-Appellant

Versus

Atabya Agencies Limited