THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA
IN THE HIGH COURT OF UGANDA AT KAMPALA
CIVIL APPEAL N0. 39 OF 2008
V E R S U S
1. GODFREY ZINGA
2. WILLIAM MUKASA
RULING BY HON. MR. JUSTICE JOSEPH MURANGIRA
The appellant, Henry Baganda, filed in this court, Civil Appeal N0. 39 of 2008 through his lawyers, M/s Bwambale, Musedde & Co. Advocates, on 3rd July, 2009 against Godfrey Zinga and William Mukasa, the respondents. The respondents are represented by M/s Lutaakome & Co. Advocates.
On 6th November, 2009 when the appeal came up for hearing, Mr. Bugembe Patrick, Counsel for the respondent raised preliminary objection
that this appeal was filed out of time. He submitted that judgment was delivered on 19th December, 2008, and that however, the memorandum
of appeal was filed on 3rd July, 2009, almost six (6) months after the deliver of the judgment.
I perused the record of the court and ascertained that judgment in the lower court was delivered on 19th December 2008. And that the appeal was filed on 3rd July 2009 when the memorandum of appeal was filed in this court. Certainly, this appeal was filed out of time. Section 79 of the
Civil Procedure Act provides that an appeal to the High Court shall lie within 30 days from the date of the delivery of the judgment.
Again, Order 43 rule 1 (i) of the Civil Procedure Rules provides that an appeal shall commence to the memorandum of appeal. I also
noted that the appellant never filed a decree arising out the judgment that was delivered on 19th December 2008, as required by section 220 (i) (a) of the Magistrate’s Courts Act, cap 16 Laws of Uganda.
In view of all the above, I agree with counsel for the respondents, that the appeal was filed out of time. Therefore, there is no
appeal before me.
Accordingly, Civil appeal N0. 39 of 2008 is dismissed with costs to the respondents.
Dated at Kampala this 9th day of November, 2009
Mr. Ronald Karizi from Lutakome & Co. Advocates holding brief from Bugembe Patrick. It is for a ruling. I am ready to receive
The 1st respondent is in court.
The 2nd respondent is absent so is the appellant.
Ms. Namusoke Justine, the clerk in court.
Court: Ruling is delivered in open court.