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Head of Custodian board under fire over land grabbing accusations

Mr George William Bizibu, executive secretary of the Departed Asians Property Custodian Board appearing before the Parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE). (PHOTO/File)

WAKISO – The executive secretary of Departed Asian Property Custodian Board (DAPCB), Mr George Bizibu, is in the spotlight after a company urged police to investigate him on allegations of land grabbing.

Ladha Kassam & Company Ltd accuses Mr Bizibu of grabbing a 130-acre piece of land located at Ssisa Estate in Wakiso District.

The company claims that they have owned the land since time immemorial and only temporarily lost it when former President Idi Amin expelled Asians in 1972. The company says that they re-possessed the land in 1991 but when Mr Bizibu recently claimed part of it.

The company representative law firm Lwere, Lwanyaga & Company, in a letter addressed to commandant Land Protection Police Unit (LPPU), dated 26 July 2019, alleges that Mr Bizibu is fraudulently claiming ownership through DAPCB.

“As of the 25th day of July 2019, our client has learned that DAPCB through its Executive Secretary, is fraudulently laying claim on our client’s land through a letter enclosed herewith,” the lawyers say.

Documents show the land was registered in the company name on July 4, 1955. Supporting documents also include a certificate authorising repossession dated November 21, 1991, signed by Finance minister at the time, Dr Crispus Kiyonga.

The land was originally registered as Freehold Register Volume 3 Folio 15 Busiro Block 408 Plot 3 land at Sisa. But in his defence, Mr Bizibu insists the property is still vested and managed by DAPCB under the Expropriated Properties Act 1982.

The executive secretary goes on to assert that the Finance ministry still superintends over the property. He also claims two individuals; Mr Frank Sebuccu and Mr Peter Kissule were allocated the property.

“The purpose of this communication is to request you to stop any individuals other than the above named, from occupying or taking possession of the land in issue until the minister responsible for Finance finally deals with the land within the confines of the law,” says Mr Bizibu in his letter dated July 11, 2019.

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