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Car dealer Seguya sued over failing to refund Shs 300m

Car dealer Seguya Yassah Matovu was dragged to the Commercial court

Car dealer Seguya Yassah Matovu was dragged to the Commercial court

Kampala city businessman Alhajji Mutaasa Kafeero has petitioned the commercial division of the High court to compel car dealer Seguya Yassah Matovu to refund a balance of Shs 300 million for selling him an older model Range Rover contrary to their agreement.

According to court documents, Kafeero signed an agreement with Matovu to purchase a 2023 seven-seater Grey Range Rover Vogue for Shs 900 million. However, Matovu reportedly delivered a 2022 model instead, lacking the specific features Kafeero had requested.

Evidence presented shows that Kafeero was to pay for the vehicle in instalments, with the initial payment of Shs 300 million made to Seguya between February 1 and February 12, 2024. The remaining Shs 600 million was to be paid in 12 equal instalments of Shs 50 million per month, beginning with the first instalment on February 29, 2024.

Through his lawyers M/S Muwema and Company Advocates and Solicitors, Kafeero explained that he halted payments after realizing that Matovu had delivered a 2022 model instead, which he rejected. Consequently, on April 1, 2024, both parties agreed in writing that Matovu would either source a 2023 model or refund the money already paid.

"On April 29, 2024, the defendant (Seguya Yassah Matovu) refunded only Shs 50 million and has since refused to pay the remaining balance of Shs 300 million," the documents state.

Kafeero alleges that Matovu claims the remaining Shs 300 million is a non-refundable deposit. Kafeero seeks a court ruling on whether the 2022 Range Rover, registration number UBQ 436E, supplied by Matovu matches the description in their sales agreement, and if he is entitled to a refund of Shs 300 million under the terms of the agreement.

Kafeero argues that, based on legal advice from his lawyers, this is a straightforward case requiring only the interpretation of the sales agreement in relation to the vehicle supplied, without the need for additional evidence. Following the filing of the case, the commercial division High court registrar has summoned Seguya Yassah Matovu to appear in court next month if he wishes to present his side.

"You are hereby required, if you desire to be heard upon determination of the said questions, to appear personally or by an advocate before the High court on July 10, 2024, at 2:00 pm, when this court will proceed to make such orders, whether by declaration or otherwise, as the court may think just and expedient," reads the summons.

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