Land Inquiry: Senior Surveyor Arrested for Fraudulently Selling Govt Land to Indian

The commission of inquiry into land matters has arrested a Jinja based senior surveyor for fraudulently selling government land to a foreigner.

The land in question was formerly on plot 91 Butembe, Wairaka in Jinja district before being re- surveyed.

David Pande is said to have taken advantage of an idle piece of land, surveyed it and created a 20 acre residue for himself.

The surveyor later sold the 20 acres to an Indian at Shs160 million.

The land belonging to Uganda Land Commission was later allocated to National Fisheries Research Institute but officials were told it had an Indian owner.

On Thursday, Pande told the commission led by Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire that the land in question belonged to him after acquiring it customarily and had full rights over it.

The commission was however infuriated that despite his insistence, he had no proof of a land title.

“You very well knew it belonged to government but you insisted and sold it,” angry Bamugemereire told the surveyor.

“You have not come here to play around with the truth.”

Efforts by the surveyor to apologize “foe whatever went wrong” were futile as the commission asked that he is taken to police to be charged for telling lies.

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