Boniface Kabagema thought best way to win a case against his opponent at court is to join school and he is now on the same class desk/chair as his grand children pursuing primary school lessons.
Kabagema, 56, a Murambi-based old man, in Gatsibo District decided to join attend primary class for a purpose to successfully finalize his long-term trial that challenged him for years after losing it back in 1994, but now he still thinks illiteracy could have been behind his loss and is in preparing a fresh start of the case to claim a win on his side thanks to basic academic skills he is taking at school.
He told PAXPRESS that he is studying regargless boos and people who are laughing at him while on his way to school together with younger children to attend class with school materials in his hands at such a late old age like his and feels no shame and nerve of sharing the same class with children of the same age as his grand children.
He said,” neighbours have laughed at me, and children were surounding me while at school as if something strange happened but i know what i am up to, my purpose.”
He went to school due to the case he lost at court
The land freed from Kabagema before 1994, after losing the case at court pushed him to go to school at such an old age. he says he was forced by the district mayor at the time to hand the land to Cooperative Abadacogora for free while he still insists it was his.
He went to court on pursuit of his case in a period of 15 years. Unfortunately, he lost it, and tips illiteracy was behind his failure to claim his land.
He now wants to study and get to know reading, and master laws until he gets feels ready to make a comeback to win back hia land.
“I won thecase at the primary court and they definitely appealed for the court decision where the case was shifted to the intermediate court. they brought their lawyer to represent them before court and i lost to them because i had no idea about any laws supporting my facts and i ended up losing the case. I was only using my logical truth,” Kabagema said.
Kabagema is now in Senior three and he feels he is getting so skilled that he plans to appeal and the lost case on his land and has no fear to win the battle as he is now aware of the laws that can support his truth and those which can defend him against his opponents at court.
Maxime Rangira, an education specialist, says that attending class at such age like Kabagema’s is something heroic and worth credit bacause he did not fear the challenges.
“A person of Kabagema’s age faces forgets quickly, as he finds it difficult to catch things in his head quickly. he also feels the complex of studying with young children together with other [family]responsibilities to fulfill” Rangira said.
Rangira suggests that there should be special schools for old people to make it easy for people like Kabagema, the teacher and young children who are not used to studying with old people.
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