Kampala. Former Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma has told court that he is the rightful owner of the estate of his late foster mother, Margaret Ddungu Nanozi, in Kanaala Zone, Mutundwe, Makindye Municipality, Bunamwaya Division in Wakiso District.
Justice Kavuma in his summary notes filed before the Land Division of the High Court, contends that he stayed with his late guardian mother from the age of three years and that she voluntarily made a will on December 5, 2011 in which she named Ms Erina Nabwami as her customary heir before passing on the contentious piece of land to him.
The land in question measures 4.5 acres and comprises an old permanent house of four bedrooms.
To prove that he is the rightful administrator of the estate, Justice Kavuma has named two people; Ms Christine Makumbi and Margaret Mukasa as witnesses to the fact that the late Nanozi was never forced into making the will.
The summary is in regard to law suit filed by six family members of the late Nanozi on April 12, who claim to be the lawful administrators of the estate
The family members are Ronald Ssebirumbi, Badru Musaazi, Paul Walusimbi, Fulgensio Musaazi, Jalia Nabwami and Sophia Ssettimba.
Further in his summary notes, Justice Kavuma contends that at the time of her demise on September 16, 2017, the late Nanozi was under his care at his home in Nsambya.
He adds that the deceased decided at her own free will to stay with him in Nsambya before asking court to disregard the allegations raised by the six petitioners who accuse him of forcefully taking her away from her Bunamwaya home.
By press time yesterday, the case was yet to be fixed for mediation hearing.
Ms Nanozi died last year and there was sharp disagreement between Justice Kavuma and the other close family members on where the deceased should be buried.
The petitioners in their law suit, want court to order Justice Kavuma to remove his security personnel that he illegally stationed at the late Nanozi’s residence and hand over the vacant possession to them.
They also want Justice Kavuma to be directed to pay them damages for the alleged anguish that he has made them go through by taking away Nanozi to his place while she was still sick.