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Temangalo Claimants Can be Compensated – Nzeyi

This follows a petition filed by a Canadian-Asian family led by Nazim Moosa claiming ownership of the 366.2 acres of land at Temangalo. Nazim says the land registered as Temangalo Tea Estate Limited was owned by his parents Mohammed Hassnali Moosa who died in 1997 and Sherbanu Hassnali Moosa.
Businessman Amos Nzeyi, his lawyer Fred Muwema with a Canadian-Asian Nazim Moosa at the Land Probe.

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Businessman Amos Nzeyi has told the Land Probe that the Canadian-Asian family that is claiming ownership of the land that he sold to National Social Security Fund (NSSF) in Temangalo deserves compensation if it's proved that their lease was tampered with.

This follows a petition filed by a Canadian-Asian family led by Nazim Moosa claiming ownership of the 366.2 acres of land at Temangalo. Nazim says the land registered as Temangalo Tea Estate Limited was owned by his parents Mohammed Hassnali Moosa who died in 1997 and Sherbanu Hassnali Moosa.

Nazim told the Land Probe earlier that his family left Uganda in 1972 when the then President Idi Amin expelled Asians. They argue that the land changed ownership under unclear circumstances until it was traced to Businessman Amos Nzeyi.  But, they add that Nzeyi has snubbed several dispute resolution opportunities since 1993 in relation to the ownership.

Evidence before the Land Probe indicates that the land was first registered on February 24, 1922, in the name of Daniel Ssaku and later, transferred to Daniel Ssaku Mugwanya Kato Senior on July 17, 1944.

On October 19, 1944, a lease which was granted to Frederick George Tolbert was subsequently extended for 49 years from August 7, 1959, in favour of Temangalo Tea Estates Limited (TTEL). The lease was due for expire in 2003. On October 23 1983, a one Hajji Ahmed Keeya registered interest on the land and lodged a caveat, saying he bought the land from Daniel Mugwanya Kato at 500,000 Shillings.

The land was later transferred on June 29, 1987, and duly registered in Abbas Mawanda's name. Mawanda then caused subdivision of the land to create Plots 12 and 16 which was further subdivided to produce plots 20 and 21, all registered in his name. On October 27 1988, Plot 12 and 16 were transferred to Amos Nzeyi. But records indicate that Mawanda's lease was cancelled on October 18, 1988.

However, Nzeyi told the probe team that he never addressed himself to the issue of the lease while buying the different pieces of land from a banker Abbas Mawanda between 1988 and 1993.

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Present records indicate that NSSF purchased 463.87 acres of private mailo land in six parcels from two sellers on March 10, 2008. The sellers included businessman Amos Nzeyi and Arma Limited, a company owned by former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

Ebert Byenkya, the lead counsel of the probe team enquired whether due diligence was conducted to ascertain that the land had no encumbrance in form of a lease.  Nzeyi told the team that the purchase was sealed through a ‘reputable' legal firm Sebalu & Lule. He said that his purchase of the private mailo land was innocent adding that since the land had been sold to NSSF, a reversal would be complicated.

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Nzeyi also denied allegations that he snubbed meeting with the claimants, when they attempted to reclaim the land, describing himself as approachable and that he was not aware that the claimants wanted to engage him.

He boasted of having a chain of Asian-Ugandan friends, whom he has guided in the past when claiming their property under Departed Asians Property Custodian Board.

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