George William Bizibu, the Executive Secretary of the Departed Asians’ Property Custodian Board (DAPCB) has been accused of land grabbing.
Ladha Kassam & Company Ltd, the complainant, says before former president Idi Amin expelled Asians in 1972, the company had a model farm of cotton, coffee, poultry and animals on the land at Ssisa Estate in Wakiso District.
The company states that in 1991 when it re-possessed the land, it was all smooth-sailing until recently when Bizibu claimed 130 acres of the same land.
“Our client has learned that DAPCB through its executive secretary is fraudulently laying claim on our client’s land through a letter enclosed herewith,” reads a July 26 letter by the company lawyers, Lwere, Lwanyaga & Company Advocates, to the Land Protection Police Unit (LPPU).
According to Daily Monitor, 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 the then Finance minister, Dr Crispus Kiyonga. The land was originally registered as Freehold Register Volume 3 Folio 15 Busiro Block 408 Plot 3 land at Sisa.
However, Bizibu insists the property is still vested and managed by DAPCB under the Expropriated Properties Act, 1982.