Witnesses in the court case raging on between Diamond Trust Bank and Ham Enterprises Ltd are reportedly being threatened by the commercial bank with intent to stop them from testifying and providing pinning evidence that will sink them.
The said witnesses, many of them former and current employees of the bank, according to media reports, are being threatened with dismissal from work and lawsuits if they go ahead and reveal the manners in which the bank ‘steals’ from customers.
Early this year, Ham Enterprises took the bank to the commercial division of the high court in Kampala alleging that the bank was irregularly and illegal siphoning money from dollar and shillings accounts it held with the bank to recover a loan.
Ham Enterprises in papers filed at court early this year said he had lost Shs100bn (which has since increased to Shs120bn, including interest being accrued) without their authorization. This case would kickstart a call for the reformation of the banking sector by Ham Kiggundu, the proprietor of Ham Enterprises.
The suit by Ham Enterprises brought to earth what has been referred to as ‘unfair treatment of customers by commercial banks’ to life. At DTB, similar distraught customers accused them of mishandling their hefty loans leading them to lose loads of money; and now former and current employees are willing to spill the beans.
The bank is reportedly doing all it can to prevent their own people from testifying in court. To achieve this, the bank is threatening them; some sections of the media have reported that these witnesses are living ‘in total fear for their lives’.
Some of the DTB staff members said to be ready to testify in court include Tamale Richard (officer operation, IDB), Assimwe Shirley (credit administration), Namugga Anati Kayita (credit administration) and Clayton Lakony Omona (head of security, fraud, prevention and forensic investigations).
On Monday 5th October 2020, the trial judge, Henry Peter Adonyo is set to give his ruling on the dismissal of DTB’s defence. This ruling will have a big impact on the main suit and for that matter, both sides are doing all they can to minimize the risks that can jeopardize their submissions.