By Michael Odeng
A city businessman has appealed against a lower court’s ruling in favour of Christian Life Church pastor Jackson Senyonga in a sh5b debt case.
Nathan Bisaso had sued Ssenyonga and his wife, Eva Senyonga, demanding sh5b in accumulated interest, over breach of contract, but Justice Jeanne Rwakakooko instead ordered the businessman to pay the couple, sh1b in damages.
The businessman, therefore, on October 4, 2022, requested both typed and certified records of the proceedings and judgment to enable him to prepare and file a memorandum of appeal in the Court of Appeal.
On September 15, 2022, Rwakakooko ruled that Bisaso’s sh5b claim is based on illegal loan transactions.
She, therefore, declared the agreement executed between Senyonga and Bisaso on June 2, 2014, and September 9, 2016, illegal, saying it was not enforceable.
Rwakakooko noted that Bisaso gained a lot of money from issuing loans at usurous interest rates without undertaking the required procedures under the law.
According to the judge, Senyonga produced evidence in court showing that he had paid sh2.4b to Bisaso. Subsequently, the judge said it was unfair for the pastor to pay the money when he had received sh1.4b from the businessman.
How it started
Bisaso contended that between 2013 and 2016, he entered into a contract to supply Senyonga and his wife with goods.
According to Bisaso, he supplied the goods to the defendants on credit and late payment for the goods carried interest of 10% per annum.
Bisaso told the court that in September 2016, the couple drafted an agreement and promised to pay the outstanding debt for the supplied goods, but only paid sh270m, leaving a balance of sh5b.