On Tuesday, November 14th, 2023, the High Court in Rukungiri issued a directive for 101-year-old John Basoboko to return to his family after abandoning them earlier in the year to live with his daughter.
John Basoboko, a resident of Muruhura Cell in Karubizi Parish, Nyakinoni Sub County, Kanungu District, had relocated to reside with his daughter, Hope Karungi, in Ryamujungu Cell, Nyakasharara Parish, Kaharo Sub County, Kabale District.
Hope Karungi claimed that she had been supporting her parents’ welfare for the past 14 years. However, at the beginning of the current year, her father, John Basoboko, decided to leave his family, citing discomfort, and moved to live with her. The family members, on the other hand, accused Hope Karungi of orchestrating the situation to gain control of her father’s belongings.
Hope Karungi mentioned that since her father’s return, the family’s plan to sell land had been thwarted. Esther Basoboko, another family member, alleged that Hope Karungi had manipulated her father into abandoning the family to seize land. Esther denied any involvement in land grabbing and stated that she would not relocate to her in-laws.
Despite John Basoboko’s reluctance to return to his family in Muruhura Cell, Karubizi Parish, Nyakinoni Sub County, the court ordered him to go back. He had been residing in a house built by Hope Karungi in Kishuru Cell, Katete Parish, Katete Sub County, Kanungu District.
The court’s decision was announced by Edith Mbabazi Mary, the Chief Magistrate of Rukungiri Court, on behalf of Resident Judge Justice Tom Chemutai. The court had issued the order after John Basoboko was brought in on a Habeas Corpus petition.