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QUESTION: Assuming that the latent defect has occurred due to one of the factors you have indicated and difficult to pinpoint on negligence of the designer, can I assume that the contractor will be liable? In the UK the liability is carried for a period of 12 years as per the latent defect act but in the absence of this statute in Uganda, I perhaps have to assume that the contractor remains liable forever!

It seems I inadvertently crossed this question as private earlier and hence resent.

Dear Raj,

You may assume whatever you wish, but will the Contractor accept it and will the courts support you?  I suggest that you get competent legal advice with particular reference to the Civil Procedure and Limitation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act and the Limitation Act 1959 together with any relevant amendments or associated case law.  If you google the keywords 'statute of limitations in Uganda' you will several useful references.

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