He is accused of masquerading as an administrator of estates of the late Joshua Kabiine. A team of officers from the Land Protection Police Unit led by Commissioner of Police-CP Charles Mutungi arrested Muwanga after the lawful administrators lodged a complaint upon realising that the estate of their late father and grandfather had been sold without their knowledge.
Guster Muwanga, 80, has remained the lone suspect in the
fraudulent sale of more than 500 acres of land in Luwero and Nakasongola districts.
He is accused of masquerading as an administrator of estates of the late Joshua Kabiine. A team of officers from the Land Protection Police Unit led by Commissioner of Police-CP Charles Mutungi arrested Muwanga after
the lawful administrators lodged a complaint upon realising that the
estate of their late father and grandfather had been sold without their
The land in question comprises block 722 measuring 370-acres in Bulemeezi, Luwero
district and block 224 measuring 130-acres in Bululi, Nakasongola. The lawful administrators, according to the letter of administration
issued by the High Court include Kirumira Henry Gyagenda, a son to the
late Kabiine, Sekayala Fenekansi Sendowooza-a grandson, Nakitto Sanyu
Mayi and Katazza Harriet Kanaabi, both granddaughters.
The four legal administrators sought police intervention in August last year, prompting investigations into the matter. The Police subsequently summoned Muwanga and two others on August 11, 2021, to record a statement on charges of obtaining
registration by false pretence. In his
statement at the Land Protection Police Unit, Muwanga said that he was duped
by Enock Sendawula and Yasin Kayongo that he was one of the administrators.
Muwanga is a son of the late William Katazza, one of the sons of
Joshua Kabiine. In his statement, he said that his father had been chosen as
the heir but his grandfather Kabiine died in 1973 before handing over
to him the estate. But, he adds, that Ssendawula convinced him to sell
the 370 acres in Luwero with a promise that he would help him secure the required documents to prove that he is the legal administrator to the estate.
“By the time I disagreed with Ssendawula, he had already brought buyers of
the 370 acres. He told me that he had got titles for each of the pieces of land
we were going to sell. I did not get the money and land titles but the land was
sold,” Muwanga said.
Police suspect that after Ssendawula earned millions of money from Luwero
land, he sent his colleague Kayongo who acted like a saint before Muwanga and convinced him to sell the land in Bululi. Like Ssendawula, Kayongo didn't also
give documents of administration and land titles to Muwanga.
Earlier, when Muwanga was released on Police bond, he had promised to lead the police to Ssendawula
and Kayongo’s homes so that they could be arrested. But instead, Muwanga disappeared
to Masindi until he was re-arrested. After three months of pleading with Muwanga to help investigators trace for
Ssendawula and Kayongo in vain, police have decided to remove the other suspects
and charge him alone. However, police say the charge sheet will be amended to
add Ssendawula and Kayongo once they are arrested.
“When we rearrested him after hiding for some weeks. We tasked him to find
Ssendawula and Kayongo. But we have been hunting for these people in vain. We have
since established that the suspects threatened to hurt this Mzee and it is the
reason he has chosen not to lead us to their places of residence,” a detective
Detectives add that Muwanga knew very well what he was doing and he intended
to usurp the powers of the lawful administrators. However, Ssendawula and Kayongo were
wiser than him and swindled the proceeds of fraudulently sold land.
Senior Staff Reporter
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.