City Businessman Patrick Bitature Dismisses Fake Adverts Auctioning His Multibillion Properties, Vows To Sue Daily Monitor Over Defamation

City Businessman Patrick Bitature Dismisses 'Ruthless Mafias' Auctioning His Multibillion Properties, Vows To Sue Daily Monitor Over Fake Advert

City Businessman Patrick Bitature

By Uganda Online Media

Kampala: City businessman and Chairman UMEME Ltd, who also doubles as Chairman Simba Group, Patrick Bitature has dismissed ‘fake news’ in an advert by Quickway Auctioneers & Court Bailiffs purporting to have been contracted by Kirunda and Wasike Co.Advocates to auction his multi-billion properties around Kampala after he allegedly failed to pay a loan amounting to UGX100B.

Among the Bitature’s properties under Simba Telecom Limited allegedly listed for Autioning included;

  1. Protea Hotel-Naguru (Skyz Hotel)
  2. Elizabeth Royal Apartments
  3. LRV3891 Folio 18 plot 1 water lane Naguru, Kampala
  4. LRV3895 Folio 3 plot 5 water lane Naguru, Kampala
  5. LRV3895 Folio 4 plot 3 water lane Naguru, Kampala
  6. LRV3435 Folio 10 plot 12 water lane Naguru, Kampala
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Quickway Auctioneers Auction fake advert that shocked social media today

However, in response to the alleged auctioning, Bitature’s lawyer of Muwema & Co.Advocates dismissed the so-called auctioning process saying the properties are not liable for sale.

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”It is a malicious advert whose sole purpose is to alarm and cause irreparable damage to our client’s business and reputation. Our client’s properties are not liable to be advertised for sale by any mortgagee purported to be represented by Kirunda & Wasige Advocates and Quickway Auctioneers and Court Bailiffs,” Bitature’s lawyer of Muwema & Co.Advocates responded in a statement.

Background

This whole saga stems from 2014 when Bitature got ten million US dollars (Ush36 billion) in funding from South African debt provider, Vantage Capital.

The loan was made to Simba Properties Investment Company, the property investment arm of Simba Group. Bitature reportedly took the debt aiming to expand his real estate portfolio.

Bitature, through his lawyers, doesn’t deny that he received the money but has since then never paid a penny, why?, he argues that the company isn’t legally registered in Uganda and therefore can’t carry out any business, let alone borrowing billions of money to him! Bitature’s debt, according to sources had swollen close to thirty million US dollars (Ush100 billion), of which, instead of paying back, he changed gears and asked for legal paperwork for the company that borrowed him.

Bitature’s opinion was indeed cemented by Hon. Justice Musa Ssekaana of the High Court when he declared in Misc. Cause No. 205 of 2021 Vantage Mezzanine Fund II Partnership vs Simba Properties Investment Co. Ltd, that Vantage Mezzanine Fund II Partnership is a non-existent legal entity which had no locus stand to file the suit.

”In the present case, the applicant contends that it is a partnership, which means that it must comply with the law which requires registration in order to have the capacity to sue or not to sue in Uganda. The applicant’s status as a recognized entity in South Africa has not been proved to the satisfaction of this court since there is no single registered document that has been produced before this court apart from a few pages of the unregistered partnership agreement,” ruled Ssekaana.

”In the same vein, this Court rejects the submission of counsel for the applicant, that foreign partnerships are free to operate in Uganda outside the regulatory registration requirements contained in the Partnerships Act, 2010 and the Business Names Registration Act (Cap 109). Therefore, the international partnerships or foreign partnerships just like the Ugandan partnership cannot be recognized once they are not registered since their identities are unknown and it may open the door wide for fraud in their transactions and dealings.” Ssekaana added.

In addition, Bitature, through his lawyer has threatened to sue Daily Monitor for running the said story with ‘disregard’ for the above-mentioned court ruling.

”Our client has therefore instructed us to exorcise the ghost of the non-existent Vantage Mezzanine Fund II Partnership by taking the appropriate compensatory legal action against its promoters, lawyers, Auctioneers and Monitor newspaper for the offensive publication,” says Muwema & Co.Advocates.

Intention To Sue Notice

Others to be sued by the man from Buhweju are auctioneers of Quickway Auctioneers & Court Bailiffs and Kirunda & Co.Advocates for manufacturing what he calls fake news and spreading the same with intent to malice his business beyond repair.

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