Court: Hearing of Madvhani Land Case must Begin Immediately

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On Thursday afternoon, the first witnesses in the case will appear before court, marking the start of the hearing of a case, that has been shrouded with legal battles since 2008.

The High Court in Gulu has ruled that hearing of a case in which Madhvani company is accused of fraudulent acquisition of land in Amuru district should begin.
 
Justice Wilson Musene, on Thursday  asked the parties to the case, to call their witnesses before the court to kick start the hearing.

The ruling effectively annuls an appeal earlier made by the defendants who comprise Madhvani, Maj General Julius Oketa, and Christine Atimango, the former Amuru district land board. The four had launched an appeal seeking that the case be dismissed.
 
Shortly before the ruling, the lawyers for the accused parties, said they had reached a concensus that the trial could proceed, prompting the judge to ask them to formally withdraw the appeal.
 
On Thursday afternoon, the first witnesses in the case will appear before court, marking the start of the hearing of a case,  that has been shrouded with legal battles since 2008.

Four Acholi MPs -Michael Ocula, Concy Aciro, Simon Oyet and David Penytoo and two other residents petitioned court challenging the manner in which Amuru district land board, gave thousands of hectares of land to Madhvani, and Julius Oketa.
 
But when the trial eventually starts, the complainants will no longer be challenging as MPs, having lost their parliamentary positions in the recent elections.

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