Businessman Amos Nzeyi has been grilled in connection with acquisition of the 366-acre Temangalo land he sold to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) under unclear circumstances.
A Canadian-based family has since petitioned the land probe accusing Mr Nzeyi of land grabbing.
It is alleged that Mr Nzeyi fraudulently acquired and occupied the disputed land on Block 296 Plot 20 in Busiro in 1993 while it was registered in the names of M/s Temangalo Tea Estate, a company owned by the family of Muhammad Hassanali Moosa before they were expelled by Idi Amin’s regime.
Last week, Mr Nazim Moosa, a retired banker based in Vancouver, Canada presented an original lease title saying his parents acquired the tea estate from deceased Daniel Mugwanya Kato and held it until their expulsion in 1972.
“…my parents have proprietary interests because I have the original lease title for the tea estate since 1944. But our search through our former lawyer, Peter Mulira, in 1993 shows that Mr Nzeyi was occupying our land. We wrote to him but he did not show up,” testified Mr Moosa, one of the three children of the family.
Mr Moosa said upon visiting the land in 1993, part of it was bushy with some structures, a dairy farm and a watershed and that when they contacted the family of Mugwanya that leased the land to their parents, they denied knowledge of Mr Nzeyi’s claim to the property.
The new claim over ownership of the Temangalo land resurrects after a decade following an investigation by Parliament over its controversial sale to NSSF at Shs11 billion.
Appearing before the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire–led Commission, Mr Nzeyi was tasked to explain when and how he acquired the disputed land, how he signed a joint mutation form for sub-division of the land and ongoing court case and how he transferred it to NSSF.
Mr Nzeyi said he took interest in the disputed land in 1988 with a view of establishing a dairy farm but acquired it in phases from former managing director of Uganda Development Bank, Mr Abbas Mawanda, who he knew in 1975.