By Joel Ssenabulya
Uganda’s property mogul Sudhir Ruparelia has dragged Kampala city lawyer to court for allegedly spreading malicious rumours and false information against him, thereby hurting his reputation.
According to the businessman, Andrew Karamagi posted on his Facebook page statements that were allegedly false and defamatory.
The post was allegedly made after employees of Sanyu FM Radio, owned by Sudhir, laid down their tools in protest of a salary cut following the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic.
The property mogul contends that the lawyer published a long extract on his Facebook wall indicating that the businessman is one of Uganda’s small groups of individuals holding power in organized crimes.
It is also alleged that in his Facebook post, Karamagi noted that “Sudhir’s reputation for unethical and unconscionable business practices needs no elaboration.”
However, Sudhir says he cannot leave the city lawyer walk away scot-free after defaming him and spreading malicious false statements meant to hurt his reputation among the right thinking members of society.
Karamagi’s post allegedly meant that the businessman is a criminal, unreasonable and a liar.
“The plaintiff’s personal, diplomatic, social and business reputation had been seriously damaged and he has suffered considerable distress and embarrassment including numerous calls from family, colleagues, friends and peers and other concerned persons over the same post publicized by the defendant/Karamagi”, reads the suit in part, a copy o which was seen by this website.
The case is yet to be fixed for hearing by the lawyer says he is not bothered and ready for court.