Businessman Safari Steven is set to lose 104 cows to an auctioneer’s hammer after Nyagatare Intermediate court quashed decision barring Kayonza District form carrying out the exercise.
“The court has decided and ordered that the decision to stop Kayonza District from auctioning the cattle has been removed,” the court ruled.
The repealed decision had been taken by the same court to stop the auction that had been scheduled for July 25 after over 700 cattle had been auctioned earlier by Nyagatare and Gatsibo districts.
According to the court, Kayonza district authorities argued that Nyagatare Intermediate Court had no jurisdiction over decisions taken by Kayonza District.
“This court acknowledges the substance in Kayonza District’s appeal because the district is in the jurisdiction of Ngoma Intermediate Court and any court file against the district is supposed to go to Ngoma Intermediate court,” the court ruled.
Mr Safari had argued that he filed the case at Nyagatare District because his cattle are being held in military zone that falls in Gatsibo District.
“I filed the case at Nyagatare Intermediate Court because the place of auction was in Gatsibo District which is in the Jurisdiction of Nyagatare Intermediate Court,” Mr Safari argued.
On July 24, Nyagatare Intermediate Court suspended the auction of 104 cows that belonged to Mr Safari.