The Commission of Inquiry into land matters has directed the original seller of Temangalo land to appear before the team and explain circumstances under which he sold the disputed 366-acre piece of land to businessman Amos Nzeyi, who later sold it to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF).
The Chairperson of the Land Probe, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, ordered Mr Abbas Mawanda to appear on Wednesday.
“Mr Mawanda is hereby directed to appear before this commission tomorrow (today) without fail at 9.30am,” she said on Tuesday.
Mr Nzeyi last month told the commission that he purchased the disputed land in 1993 from Mr Mawanda, who is the former Managing Director of Uganda Development Bank. Nzeyi said Mawanda’s former lawyers of Sebalu and Lule Company Advocates carried out due diligence on the land before he bought it.
However, evidence before the land inquiry shows that at the time Mr Nzeyi acquired the land, the family of Muhammad Hassanali Moosa had a running lease granted by deceased businessman Daniel Mugwanya. It is alleged that the land was registered in the names of M/s Temangalo Tea Estate, a company owned by the Moosa family.
Mr Nazim Moosa, a retired banker based in Vancouver, Canada presented an original lease title before the Commission, saying that his parents acquired the tea estate from Mugwanya and held it until when they were expelled in 1972 by the Iddi Amin government. Nazim contended that efforts to repossess their land proved futile because the same had already been encroached on by prominent Businessman Nzeyi in 1992, who later sold it to NSSF in 2009 at 11billion shillings.
Shocking facts stated by Nazim before the Commission show that seven years after NSSF bought this land, a search done at the Land Registry in Wakiso in 2016 revealed that the said Land is still registered in the names of an Indian Company-Temangalo Tea Estate Ltd.