THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA
IN THE HIGH COURT OF UGANDA AT KAMPALA
CIVIL SUIT NO. 443 OF 2010
SYLVIA NABITEEKO KATENDE ------------------------PLAINTIFF
BANK OF UGANDA ------------------------------------ DEFENDANT
BEFORE LADY JUSTICE FLAVIA SENOGA ANGLIN
The Plaintiff an artist and lecturer at the School of Arts, Makerere University participated in a
contest that had been advertised in the newspapers for the creation of a model which was to
eventually be translated into a sculpture for Kampala City Council (KCC) Centenary Park.
The Plaintiff was the successful contestant and she was duly paid the prize monies for the
model by KCC.
Subsequently, in 1992, Shell Uganda Limited contracted a team, headed by Dr. Pilkington
Ssengendo, who translated the model into architectural form as the sculpture for KCC
The sculpture was completed in October, 1994, and Shell Uganda duly paid the agreed fee.
The sculpture is on public display at KCC Centenary Park.
In the year 2010, the Defendant introduced new bank notes among which were the Uganda
20,000/- shilling note, that carries the design of the monument at KCC Centenary Park.
The Plaintiff brought this suit against the Defendant contending that the sculpture was built
by Prof. Ssengendo without her knowledge or consent. That she used her sweat and skill to
make the model and the Defendant and Prof. Ssengendo appropriated it without her
knowledge and made money out of it.
Further that she the Plaintiff has never been remunerated or enjoyed economic benefit for her
work. Instead the various parties have wantonly and whimsically infringed on her copyright
with impunity, hence this suit where she seeks recognition of her copyright in the work,
special and general damages, and punitive/aggravated damages for the infringement by the
Declaratory orders set out in the plaint, damages and costs of the suit were also applied for.