Individuals claiming to be from Toro Kingdom in a fresh commercial court lawsuit are demanding an investigation into the process that saw Kilembe Copper Mines in Kasese, western Uganda, land into the hands of Chinese investors.
According to documents filed in court, the acquisition of Kilembe Copper Mines now going by the name of Tibet Hima Mining Company was done illegally. These individuals now want court to pronounce the transaction null and void.
Gilbert Mugokya Atwooki and Franklin Jocelyn Kato claim to be descendants of the late Sir George David Michael Kamurasi Rukidi 111, a former King of Toro kingdom who died in 1965. They say Rukidi 111 owned 380 shares in Kilembe Mines at the time of his death.
The two claim to be the legally appointed administrators of the estate of the departed king which authority was passed on to them in 2006. Kasese were Kilembe Copper Mines is located used to be part of Toro kingdom before Charles Wesley Mumbere broke away to form Rwenzururu kingdom.
Mugokya and Kato claim that government gave away 370 of the deceased’s shares leaving his estate with only 10 shares. This, they say, was done without their knowledge. They are asking court to direct government and Kilembe Mines to give them dividends right from 1965.