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Land Fraudster Steals Shs271m From Squatters

Police in Kasangati have arrested a man for obtaining up to Shs271 million from unsuspecting squatters on a piece of land.

According to police, the suspect is identified as Isma Kanonya also a renowned city land fraudster.

Police said he was arrested after over 61 case files were registered on his name.

In a statement, Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyisigire said “It is alleged that he has been claiming ownership of a given 40 acres of land located in Busukuma.”

Owoyesigire also said that the complainants made statements to police claiming that they were approached by Kanonya in 2015 as a land broker.

It is was revealed that he later presented  to the squatters a Memorandum Of Understanding  between him and the actual landlord called Patrick Luboowa.

In the memorandum, the suspect told squatters that the land in question was to be sold and that he would compensate them.

The suspect later approached the squatters and presented to them an agreement between him and Luboowa indicating he had paid a sum of Shs 800 million as part of the payments for the entire land, a condition that placed him as the rightful owner of the land.


Investigations also discovered that the suspect hired surveyors who partitioned the land into (50×100), (100×100) plots.

It is said that he started receiving deposit payments for the plots while promising the unsuspecting persons that he was processing their land tittles.

In a statement made by a victim, it was discovered that the suspect conned multi millions from the would-be occupants.

He would later disappear from depositors before they could receive their land titles.

The victims said attempts to reach him on phone to inquire about their title progress were futile as he was unreachable and sometimes had his phone switched off.

In a twist of events, the original landlord, a one Patrick Luboowa got news that his land was up for sale which prompted him to approach the occupants with verified documents proving ownership over the land.

He then served them with notices claiming that he wanted to develop his land.

Angry occupants opened up case files at various police stations against Kanonya.

Detectives tracked down Kanonya and was arrested from Kampala while in a process to collect another Shs14 million from another interested land buyer.

The suspect is currently detained at Kasangati Police Station on charges of obtaining money by false pretense vide SD REF 38/24/10/2018.

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