The farmers from the districts of Buliisa and Kiryandongo on Wednesday filed a petition before the civil division of the High court through their lawyers from Kabega, Bogezi and Company Advocates.
The farmers note that they signed contracts to grow and exclusively sell tobacco to Continental and not to any other company. According to contracts tendered before the court, the company also extended loans to the farmers in form of tobacco seeds, fertilizers, seedlings among others.
The farmers now contend that the company has since the purchase of the last batch of tobacco in 2017 neglected or refused to pay them.
“The plaintiffs/farmers shall aver and contend that due to the actions and omissions of the defendants, they have suffered loss of income for tobacco growing seasons to date for which plaintiffs shall seek special damages," reads the document.
The farmers are now seeking general damages of Shs 500 million for inconveniences and mental anguish since tobacco growing was their only source of livelihood.
The farmers also want court to order the respondents to pay the monies owed to them as money due and owing arising from the tobacco supply to the Continental Tobacco Company Limited.
Continental and the attorney general have been summoned to file their defence in the matter within fifteen days before the case is allocated to the judge who will be fixing it for hearing.