The Sub Committee of Parliament investigating the alleged illegal acquisition of the departed Asians Properties has summoned the Managing Director of National Social Security Fund Richard Byarugaba together with a city tycoon Amos Nzeyi to explain circumstances under which they acquired the controversial 366 hectares of land at Temangalo.
The summons come after a Canadian citizen of Ugandan descent Moosa Nazim provided the committee with evidence that shows how his father’s land at Temangalo was fraudulently by Amos Nzeyi and the National Social Security Fund.
Moosa Nazim’s father Muhammad Ali was one of the affected Asians that were expelled from Uganda by President Idi Amin in 1972.
Before his expulsion, Muhammad Ali had acquired 336 hectares of land at Temangalo, two plots on Rashid Hamis Road in Kampala City among other properties.
Nazim claims that despite putting in place a caveat to prevent the sale of his late father’s properties and holding the original land title, Kampala businessman Nzeeyi allegedly acquired the Temangalo land without the family’s consent.
Nazim goes on to claim that mediation efforts outside of court at Amos Nzeeyi’s request failed to lead to a resolution as Nzeeyi remained non-committal.
He also claims that a city lawyer forged his late father’s signature to enable the National Social Security Fund acquire the land in question.
According to a chronology of the land title, on February 24, 1922, the land was registered in the name of Daniel Ssaku.
On July 17, 1944, it was transferred in the name Daniel Daniel Ssaku Mugwanya (senior). On October 19, 1944, there was a lease granted to Frederick George Tolbert.
Subsequently on August 7, 1959, the lease was extended for 49 years in favour of TTEL. The lease was due for expiry in 2003.
On October 23, 1983, one Hajji Ahmed Keeya registered interest on the land and lodged a caveat, saying he bought the land from Daniel Mugwanya Kato at sh500,000.
The caveat indicated that Mugwanya senior had agreed to sell the land to Keeya.
Mugwanya senior reportedly authorised the transaction, prior to his demise.
On June 29, 1987, the land was transferred, and duly registered in the name Abbas Mawanda.
In July 2008, Temangalo saga became a subject of intense public discussion, which resulted in a probe on then Security minister Amama Mbabazi (former Prime Minister).
He was probed over purported use of clout to entice NSSF into buying the land.
NSSF admitted that it paid Mbabazi’s firm Arma Limited, and Nzeyi sh11.2b for the land, at sh24m per acre.
Nazim wants to reposes his late father’s two plots 36 and 38 on Rashid Hamis road that he claims were also fraudulently acquired by the current occupants.
All this prompted the committee to summon the Managing director NSSF Richard Byarugaba, Amos Nzeyi, Susan Kulata among other to give in their defense on the matter.
The committee resumes on Tuesday next week to continue with their investigations into the matter