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I WON’T VOMIT THAT LAND: Pepsi Tycoon Nzeyi Defiant On Temangalo Land, Narrates How He Survived Sudhir’s Fraud

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Hot loaf and Pepsi franchise in Uganda tycoon Amos Nzeyi has revealed shocking details of how he survived being defrauded by fellow tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia.

Nzeyi testified before the commission of inquiry into land matters that in 1980, Ismael Abdullah, one of the departed Asians approached him to query a building in Nakasero which he was occupying.

“I remember my lord I met that gentleman at speak Hotel Kampala where we had lunch, after, he showed me his repossession certificate of his building. I accepted what he told me, we agreed that he rents me his building at USD 1000,” Nzeyi said.

He revealed that however, in the earlier 2000, he received a letter from Meera Investment tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia informing him that he bought the building which he was renting from Ismael.

“I was surprised. I wondered why my friend Abdullah sold his building without considering me, I was paying his rent well and I helped him to occupy his building. I picked my phone and I called Abdullah who stays in Canada, I asked him about the matter and denied everything, he told me that Sudhir wanted to defraud me,” Nzeyi said.

He said that Sudhir, who was calling himself the new landlord told him that he had raised the rent he was paying from USD 1000 to USD 10000 which was a huge amount compared to the building. He said that Abdullah admitted that Sudhir went to Canada and met him with other Indians who were expelled from Uganda in 1972 but still have properties in Uganda but he never sold his building to him as he told Nzeyi.

When he survived Sudhir’s con, Nzeyi said that he bought an air ticket for his lawyer Isaac Musumba now a minister in Museveni’s government and the two went to Canada to meet Abdullah.  He said that he went to Canda to finalise the purchase of the building because Abdullah had told him that he wanted to sell the building to do other things.

He said that he purchased the building from Abdallah and since then he has been buying buildings from departed Asians around Kampala and helping others to occupy their properties which were confiscated by Amin.  He told the commission that the country is seated on a time bomb because the population is growing at a high rate while the land is not expanding.

He gave an example of his six acres of his land grabbed by the chairperson Temangalo village who he is still battling with in court. He said that his other land is being grabbed by land grabbers who after grabbing it ask him for compensation. He gave another example of a man who grabbed his Kakungulu Golf course playground and is now asking him for compensation.

DETERMINED NOT TO VOMIT TEMANGALO LAND

Even though he was told that the purchase of the 366 acres of land on block 296  plot 20 Busiro in 1988 from a one Abas Mawanda was fraudulently done, Nzeyi told the commission that he is determined not to vomit the land. He said that he is ready to enter into negotiations with the former owners of the land (Temangalo Tea Estate) but stated it clearly that he will escort Mawanda to the meeting because he is innocent of what happened. “My lord Mawanda owns a huge chunk of land why doesn’t he compensate them from the land he owns? I can also hire them some of my land because I also have land which I’m not using but that one of Temangalo, my lord it’s very difficult to return it to them because it has changed ownerships,” Nzeyi noted.

He further revealed that he was misled by his lawyers of Sebalu, Lule and company Advocates who he hired to help him verify the documents concerning the land.  He said that he refused to use his lawyers of Mulenga, Kalemera and Company Advocates because he thought that since he was purchasing land in Buganda, he has to get lawyers from Buganda who are in the know of what it entails to purchase land in Buganda.

He said that the lawyers did everything for him apart from payments, he denied receiving any letter from the complainant’s lawyer Peter Mulira in 1993 to sit down and negotiate with them. “My lord I was very annoyed when I heard those people saying that I’m a big man who is unreachable and who has frustrated them from receiving justice. Surely, I’m a small 70-year-old man with 70kg, I’m known by everybody in this town and my offices are in Nakawa,” Nzeyi noted.

However, justice Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission told him that even though he took himself as a small person, people are taking him as a big person with that ‘big man syndrome’. She also asked him why he earlier refused to honour the summons issued to him by the commission before his lawyer Fred Muwema wrote to them.

He said that its true he was in Nairobi meeting the Chinese Ambassador but he cut his travel short because he was supposed to meet South African president who was in the country last week to attend his son’s wedding to Amama Mbabazi’s daughter. Nzeyi promised to give his passports to the commission so that they can verify that he was in Nairobi. Nzeyi was seen on Saturday at Mbabazi’s daughter’s wedding in Kololo yet his lawyers had told the commission that he was supposed to come back in the country yesterday.

DISTANCED MBABAZI FROM TEMANGALO LAND

Nzeyi also distanced Amama Mbabazi from Temangalo land fraud. He said that the land Mbabazi sold to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) in 2008, where Nzeyi was given powers of attorney is located in Buyera village not Temangalo

The commission is still investigating the matter

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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FULL 21-PAGE LETTER: I Can No Longer Work For You – Jennifer Musisi Resigns As KCCA ED

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The Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Jennifer Musisi Semakula has resigned after seven years at the helm.

In a letter dated today 15th October 2018, Musisi told his boss that she can no longer work as ED and thanked him for giving her the opportunity.

Below is the full letter from Musisi.

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AG Byaruhanga, Petroleum Authority Boss Sekatawa Snub Court In The Shs 6bn Presidential Hand Shake Suit

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William Byaruhanga the government Attorney General and Ali Sekatawa the legal officer Uganda Petroleum Authority snubbed court in the Shs 6bn presidential handshake case. Brian Kabayinza a lawyer representing Sekatawa who bagged Sh242m in this cash bonanza after winning Oil cases against Heritage Oil and Tullow Oil told court that Byaruhanga and Sekatawa were unable to attend court as they were told.

He said that at night, Sekatawa informed him that he was summoned by the president to appear before him on the Petroleum issues that is why he couldn’t attend.

“My lord, since he is the legal officer in charge of the petroleum Authority in the country, Mr. Sekatawa the petitioner in this matter told me that he can’t come today because the president had summoned them,” Kabayinza told High Court Judge Andrew Bashaija who was presiding over the case.

He also informed court that even the witness who the petitioners has paraded to testify to court was also in the same meeting with the president. He said that Byaruhanga attended the presidential meeting because he is the official legal adviser to the government and prayed for an adjournment.

Stina Chrotic and Solomon Kirunda the lawyers representing parliament which is a defendant in this case were ready to squeeze and cross-examine Byaruhanga on why he abandoned parliament’s decision to adopt a report recommending the return of the Sh6bn presidential hand shake. The lawyers from both sides agreed to the adjournment of the matter.

The Judge adjourned the case to 26th February 2019. Sekatawa petitioned court for judicial review after disagreeing with the parliamentary committee on Statutory, Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) by then chaired by Abdul Katuntu findings and recommendations. The committee recommended that the 42 government officials should return the money and that the Inspector General of Government should investigate them further.

However, in his petition, Sekatawa, the former legal officer Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) says that the committee’s proceedings were conducted in a manner that contravened the principles of natural justice.  He stated that on January 19,2017, Mbarara Municipality member of parliament Michael Tumusiime moved a motion seconded by Anita Among (Bukedea Women MP) Elijah Okupa (Kasilo MP) and Wilfred Niwagaba (Ndorwa East MP) urging parliament to investigate the circumstances under which Sh6bn was paid to the 42 government officials.

Sekatawa says that Tumusiime’s actions were illegal because parliament relied on unauthorized documents from highly questionable sources; he says that no formal record existed before parliament from relevant government institution in regards to the allegations made in the motion and no verification was done of the same prior to passing the motion. He insisted that the motion was moved contrary to Article 163 of the constitution which specifically empowers the Auditor General to audit the public expenditures and report to the legislature.

“As a result, parliament and more specially COSASE did not have legal mandate or ability to investigate the financial expenditures of entities prior to their evaluation by the office of the Auditor General as envisaged by law,” Sekatawa stated in his affidavit.

ekatawa also attacks COSASE chairperson Abdul Katuntu (Bugweri MP) and his deputy by then Medard Sseggona Lubega (Busiro East MP) for having conflict of interest and thus conflicted on the matter since they were members of the legal committee and the parliamentary affairs committee which he says summoned the same government officers, queried expenditures on arbitration cases and eventually approved the budgets.

He added that COSASE didn’t give enough time to the beneficiaries of the presidential reward to be heard thus denying them right to a fair hearing which contravenes Articles 20(1)and 3,28(1),42 and 44 of the constitution.  Sekatawa says that during the course of the hearing, members of COSASE committee exhibited apparent bias. “This was evidenced in the manner in which they conducted the inquiry,” he stated. He also wants court to interpret Article 98 and 99 of the constitution on whether the president as a fountain of honour has discretionary executive powers to reward public servants. Among the beneficiaries of the bonanza included Uganda National Roads Authority boss Allen Kagina, Uganda Revenue Authority boss  Doris Akol,  Kampala  Capital City Authority Boss Jennifer Musisi and others government officials.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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INVISIBLE HAND: Bamugemereire Cries Out As Land Grabbers In Government Financially Starve Her, Deny Her Money

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It seems justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s commission of inquiry into land matters has started feeling the strong invisible hand of the land grabbers in government.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission admitted today that her commission is financially starved.

“What the public needs to know is that even though they have been calling us everywhere for the last four months, we cannot go there because we do not have any provision (financially), we have zero operational fund. Hence, it’s a difficult for us to move everywhere the public calls us. It’s painful to see our staff who are working for us not paid for that period, it’s painful,” Bamugemereire stated.

She revealed that for the last four months, the concerned people who are supposed to give the commission funds have failed to allocate money to facilitate the commission’s work.

She said that they have kept silent for all this time without money but they were touched when the residents of Mubende and Lusanja were brutally evicted from their land and their homes were demolished by greedy land grabbers and court bailiffs.

Bamugemereire stated that the commission has been investigating the land where people were evicted from and they advised court not to issue any order evicting locals because the commission had received the people’s complaints.

She noted that what surprised them as a commission is to see hooligans demolishing people’s house maliciously. Bamugemereire asked the judiciary and the Uganda police to come out and condemn whatever happened over the weekend when city tycoon Medard Kiconco and Court bailiff Moses Kirunda evicted people in Lusanja Nangabo county Wakiso District and the eviction which took place at Mubende District.

The commission also issued summons against Kiconco and Kirunda to appear before the commission this week to testify why they maliciously evicted innocent people from their land.  Bamugemereire’s remarks were supported by the commission’s lead counsel Ebert Byenkya who stated that due to lack of facilitation, the commission is now only handling cases which don’t need a lot of money like facilitating witnesses and complainants to come and testify before the commission.

He said that for the commission to conclusively investigate a matter, they have to call all the concerned parties to testify but some tell them that they don’t have money to transport themselves to the commission headquarters in Wandegeya Kampala.

He added that the commission also has to send its investigators to the ground to get evidence from on any matter and they need facilitation to do the work properly.

The Commission’s outcry for financial facilitation comes when government Ministers and officials threatened to fight the commission after it started investigating their involvement in deadly land grabbing deals and mismanaging of the public funds allocated to Uganda land fund which was supposed to buy land from land lords to benefit tenant.

Among the minister who declared war on the commission include, Betty Among (lands minister), Persis Namuganza (state minister lands), Matia Kasaija  (Finance minister), Hillary Onek (Minister for Disaster preparedness), Keith Muhakaniza among others.

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