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In his letter to the Commissioner Land Registration, Haruna Golooba, Juma says it all started in 1990 when he fell sick and asked Nyindombi to lend him Kenya Shillings 12,000 to enable him get treatment. According to Juma, he didn’t heal and asked for another loan of Uganda Shillings 1,150,000 from Nyindombi in 1997.
17 Jul 2019 08:01
A Freehold land title issued on July 1, 2016 indicates that the land is now under the ownership of Beatrice Karanja Nyindombi.
Beatrice Karanja Nyindombi, the wife to former Kenyan Vice President Dr. Josephat Njuguna is being accused of grabbing land in Kabarole district. 

Hussein Juma, a resident of Fort Portal accuses Nyindombi of grabbing his land measuring 73 hectares on Block 45, Plot 7 in Harugongo Sub County.  

In his letter to the Commissioner Land Registration, Haruna Golooba, a copy of which URN has seen, Juma says it all started in 1990 when he fell sick and asked Nyindombi to lend him Kenya Shillings 12,000 to enable him get treatment. According to Juma, he didn’t heal and asked for another loan of Uganda Shillings 1,150,000 from Nyindombi in 1997.

Nyindombi, who was in Kenya, sent the money through her brother only identified as Kahwa who handed it over to Juma. Juma says there was a mutual agreement that he pays back the money when he gets it. As part of security for the loan, Nyindombi also asked for Juma for the lease title of his land, which he handed over.   

In his letter, Juma says that in 2010, Nyindombi sought his permission to utilise the land as he looks for the money to pay her, a request her accepted. He says he finally received the money in 2014 but couldn’t trace Nyindombi to pay her back.   

Juma got suspicious in 2015 and decided to conduct a search on his title through his lawyers of V. Agaba Advocates. The search results returned on December 2, 2015 showing that Juma was still the registered land owner. However, in 2016 Nyindombi reportedly went to Juma's home in Kasusu, Fort Portal, with documents seeking his signature authorising her to evict settlers on the land, which she got.  

“Later, I discovered that she had registered her mother, Serina Kesihere, on my title. She later transferred the land in her name. By Nyindombi presenting documents full of falsehoods, she made your office make a mistake because I have never sold any land to her and have never signed any sale agreement for my lease land,” reads Juma’s letter to the commissioner.      

A source familiar with the matter told URN on condition of anonymity that after registering the land in her mother’s name, Nyindombi transferred it into her names in 2016 and acquired a freehold title for it, a copy of which URN has seen.  

It is this land title that Juma wants cancelled by the Commissioner Land Registration in Kampala but his request hasn’t yielded results.  On July 7, 2019, Juma filed a complaint at Harugongo Police station where three cases of forging a land tittle, uttering false documents, and impersonation were opened against Nyindombi.    

According to the Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations Department at Fort Portal Central Police Station, Godliver Twinomugisha, officers from the Lands Department in the Criminal Investigations Directorate – CID Kampala picked up the case file on July 12, 2019 for perusal immediately it was delivered to her office.   

Nyindombi couldn’t be traced for comment at the time of filing this report. 

Dr Karanja was a diplomat, academician and politician who served as Kenya’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1962 to 1970, vice chancellor of Nairobi University, Member of Parliament and vice president of Kenya from 1988 to 1989. He met Beatrice Nyindombi while still at Makerere College where the future politician was studying for his Bachelor of Arts degree. They married in 1966 and had three children; Timothy Njuguna Karanja, Beatrice Wanjiru Karanja and Susan Wagikoyo Karanja.