Uganda’s Land Inquiry Commission has reportedly summoned the man who sold the controversial Temangalo land to tycoon Amos Nzeyi.
The commission headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire issued the summons on Tuesday.
Reports reveal that Abbas Mawanda who sold a 366-acre piece of land to Nzeyi between 1988 and 1993 is expected to appear before the commission today to explain how he acquired the land in question.
“Abbas Mawanda should appear tomorrow (Wednesday) without fail,” Bamugemereire directed on Tuesday.
Bamugemereire was prompted to issue the directive after deputy lead counsel John Bosco Suuza explained that Mawanda had reported being unwell.
While appearing before the commission yesterday, Nzeyi said he bought the land from Mawanda, the former managing director of Uganda Development Bank.
He denied any wrong doing in the land scandal which he sold to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) in 2008 at the exorbitant Shs11 billion.
Last month Asian Family led by Nazim Moosa filed complaint before the Land Commission claiming to be holders of the original title of the land comprised of Block 296 plot 20 in Busiro, on which it operated a Tea Estate -Temangalo Tea estate – before the expulsion of Indians by former President Idi Amin in 1972.
The family testified that they acquired 79 year lease on the disputed land in 1924, from the family of a one Daniel Mugwanya Kato contending that the land was sold without noticing them yet they had ownership about the disputed land.
Nazim said upon return in 1993, they applied for repossession of their land from the Departed Asians Custodian Property Board and they were told that government had no claim over their land since it was never declared upon expulsion.
Appearing before commission, Nzeyi said no one approached him for the more than 10 years he spent on the land in question. Nzeyi said he acquired the land in question from the family of Daniel Mugwanya that sold it to him in pieces due to financial constraints.
The commission however, retrieved documents that indicted that the case about that land October 26, 1994 where court adjourned it to be settles out of court. Since then Nzeyi didn’t act as court directed them. Nzeyi said he has no clue about allegations.
He revealed that he owns multiple land titles on the land in question. He owns land tiles on Plot 12 63 hectares at Temangalo registered in 1992, Plot 16 block 296 8.78 hectares 1991, Block 296, plot 21, 1992, Block 277 plot 191 and other titles.
The inquiry established that despite owning mass titles at Temangalo, Nzeyi owns other pieces of land Plot 613 Kigoma a distant place from the land in question. Commission revealed that Nazim said they have always tried to reach Nzeyi and they have always failed.