Sinohydro’s city bank account frozen, loses shs.560m to Lira tycoon

Mawa George addressing press at Palms Garden Hotel in Lira town last year. He's also a politician. File photo.

Lira popular businessman George Mawa who is not new to controversy could soon smile his way to the bank and bag  a half a billion shillings following a landmark court ruling in his favor on Monday evening.

This follows a case he was pursuing against Sinohydro, a Chinese company currently constructing a multi-billion Karuma power dam in Kiryandongo district.

In 2016, Sino-Hydro Company contracted Mawa’s British Hygine Care, a company that deals in fumigation services, clearing wastes and draining toilets.

This contemporary news website understands that British Hygiene Care Limited as per the contact was meant to clear medical wastes from a clinic at the power site in Karuma.

According to documents seen by TND News Uganda, Synohydro referred to as party “A” entered into the contract agreement with British Hygiene Care Limited referred to as Party “B” on 22nd 10 2016.

“At a unit price of USD 1.5 per kilogram, the contractor hereby covenants that and the employer here accepts the removal and disposal of non- hazardous waste from the employers site……….for disposal at the contractor’s engagement site of Lira municipal council in Aler in Lira district,” reads the agreement in part.

However, before Mawa’s company could start work, Syno-Hydro cancelled the contract it awarded to British Hygiene Care Limited.

Left with no option following the breach of contract agreements, Mawa then filed a civil suit NO 001 of 2018 against the Chinese company at Lira High Court

On 12 October 2018, Lira deputy Registrar, Rosemary Bareebe, in her ruling ordered that Synohydro should pay George Mawa a sum of Uganda shillings 560 million and also slapped 15% interest on the decretal sum from the date of judgment until the payment in full and that the defendant should also pay the cost of the suit to the plaintiff.

Again on 16th October 2018, Rosemary Bareebe, basing on the affidavit of George Mawa, the director British Hygiene Care Limited,  ordered Standard Chartered bank to freeze the account of Synohydro held under account number 010401472200 or explain why the funds in the same account should not be used to pay Mawa ( Garnishee Oder Nisi).

“It is here by ordered by Her Worship Rosemary Bareebe, the deputy Registrar of the High Court of Uganda at Lira that  all debts owing or  accruing from  the above named garnishee to the above named judgment debtor  be attached to answer the decree recovered against the judgment……, ” reads the first paragraph of the Garnishee Order Nisi

Standard Chartered bank’s head office on Speke road in Kampala has acknowledged receipt of the order with a stamp from its legal department bearing the date of 17th October 2018.

Meanwhile Sinohydro Company on Monday equally lost its plea to have its account at Standard Chartered bank unfrozen when it appeared before deputy registrar Bareebe.

Speaking on phone after the ruling, Adam Makmot Kiwbwanga of Makmot and Company Advocates, Mawa’s lawyer  said he was impressed and happy with the outcome of the Court ruling and said he was looking forward to seeing his client (Mawa) paid  by the Chinese company soonest.

An order to Standard Chartered Bank to freeze Sinohydro’s bank account with them.

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