Jinja—29, June 2020: The family of the late Hajji Sulaiman Malole, a business mogul once considered most successful and prominent businessman in Busoga sub-region with multiple investments, is now in total hashes over assets.
On 27, March 2006, Malole died. He left behind six official widows plus dozens of concubines and over 50 children who are now sharply divided on how to share the estates and other assets left behind.
Among the assets which has become a centre of bitter conflict include 1, 2000 acres of land, a fleet of lorries, tractors, coffee and mills; several herds of cattle and a fat account in different banks.
Part of the lands in contention are at Kituba village, Kisozi sub-county and Lubaizi village, Butansi sub-county in Kamuli district.
As fate would have it, reports say Malole with business points in Kamuli, Jinja and Iganga, among others died without making a will which has just exacerbated the situation, with a section of families now accusing one of the family members of bullying and sidelining the rest.
“We are living as destitute, surviving on the mercy of well-wishers as if our father did not leave wealth behind quite enough for all of us,” Issa Malole, one sibling is crying.
Issa Malole who has just returned from Kirinya Prison following a recent prerogative of mercy over the fast spreading Covid-19 pandemic, blames their suffering on Waira Juma Haruna Malole and Zaminah Baluka Malole all working with Equal Opportunities Commission Uganda (EOC) and Shaban Batabaire Malole who is a farmer in Kamuli.
Another sister identified as Hadijjah Malole who lives in the US also faults the trio of having brutally thrown them out of their father’s estate, which has reduced them to paupers.
“Our father planned for all of us because the property can be equitable and amicably shared for everyone to benefit but the three members have made life hell…” Hadijjah Malole told this digital publication in a recent interview.
However, the three have denied all allegations and instead accused Issa Malole and Hadijjah Malole of peddling falsehoods and confusion in the family.
Yusuf Muziransa, the EOC spokesperson accuses Issa Malole of having blocked the sharing of the estate by placing a caveat at the court implying that they cannot secure a Letter of Administration.
“The family resolved to get this document in accordance with the law but this very group now complaining chose to block the process with a caveat, so it’s wrong to mislead,” Muziransa spoke on behalf of the family.
Records available shows that Mr Issa Malole was convicted and sentenced to 12 years over arson and malicious damages on some properties which prompted some family members to drag him to the court.
He has insisted the conviction was based on false charges and witnesses who were bribed to permanently kick them out of the family estate.
Sources have told TND News that many prominent leaders including politicians, religious and cultural have on several occasions tried to reconcile the family to no success.
Hajji Badru Watongola, one of the local leaders, described the confusion in the family “as complex”.
He adds that the former regional Khadi, Sheikh Juma Katerega convened a meeting with the family members but to date there is no success.