Acting Commissioner Land Registration, Robert Opio has asked a tycoon in Mubende, Francis Ndizeye, to “surrender the Duplicate Certificate of Title” of land he was sold to by a one Stella Kakuba.
Over 10,000 residents from six villages in Mubende reported the District Land Board Secretary Emmanuel Ssempala to the RDC Florence Beyunga Tumuhairwe accusing him of conniving with Ndizeye to maneuver them from their land, which amounts to two and a half squire miles in Kiganda sub-county.
Kakuba, locals claimed, illegally secured it from the District Land Board on December 17, 2016 and later on December 14, 2016 sold it to Ndizeye at Shs600m.
The land is located on block 431 plot 47/46 of 600, 3940 hectares with villages of Lwentuwa LCI, Kamusenene LCI, Nkokoma LCI, Kilewe LCI, Musozi LCI, and Kitayiza LCI B, all in Kamusenene Parish Kiganda Sub County.
Ssempala, when questioned, admitted that it is true there were anomalies in which Kakuba acquired the land title, and promised to cancel it.
Dated July 24, the letter copied to the Minister of state for Lands, the line minister, the permanent secretary, chairman and secretary Mubende District Land Board, indicates the title has been cancelled considering it was issued in error.
“… this is to inform that this office has cancelled your certificate of title above mentioned as having been issued in error over land which is customarily owned by other people who are in occupation and are utilizing it,” the statement reads.
The call-off, the letter further states was based on Land Act article [S.59(1)(a)] “where the boards enters into or undertakes or concludes any transaction or allocates the land as if the land belongs to no body or authority, the transaction or allocation shall be void.”
Article [S.92 (1) (c) of Land Act also stipulates that “it is an offence for any person to willfully and without the consent of the owner to occupy to occupy the land belonging to another person.”
The board has given sixty days to appeal to the courts of law as provided by Section 91(10) of the Land Act, if he is aggrieved by their decision on the matter