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Kasirye Gwanga sells disputed house

A row over a disputed piece of land measuring 0.35 acres in Lukuli Makindye has escalated following the alleged sale of the said property by Maj Gen Samuel Kasirye Gwanga.

The presidential advisor on Buganda Affairs has for more than a decade been fighting for the land and has on several occasions resisted efforts to be evicted from the property valued at more than Shs 1.5 billion.

Maj Gen Samuel Kasirye Gwanga

The dispute pits Kasirye Gwanga against long-term adversaries Mowm Construction Ltd, the company which also claims ownership of the land in question. The latest controversy has also sucked in KCCA as well as neighbours.

The Observer has learnt that Kasirye Gwanga sold both his legally acquired land and the one in dispute recently and the buyer in turn razed down parts of the structure and the tree plantation around it.

On Monday when The Observer visited the area, it was surrounded by armed plainclothes men who did not allow anyone to come closer or even take any photos.

When contacted, Kasirye Gwanga, didn’t deny selling off the land but declined to give details.

“It’s my house; how is it your concern? I sold it because it had become too old. Now, I’m in Kyaggwe doing developmental things, you should come and see what we are doing other than writing stories that don’t help our people at all,” he said. 

A neighbour who preferred anonymity said the cutting down of trees was a sign of impunity.

“A group of men with armed protection cut down all trees in the neighbourhood without any consideration to the boundaries of the land,” he said. 

Meanwhile, an official from the KCCA’s Environment Management Unit said the authority is assessing the situation to find out whether there was violation of the city’s environmental quality compliance.

BACKGROUND

Kasirye Gwanga entered the house in 1990 as a tenant for Owalla Home Investments Ltd and Mowm Construction Ltd but allegedly defaulted on payment. In 2006, attempts to evict him failed because he claimed the house belonged to the army.

However, in his letter dated June 21 2013, Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi, the UPDF joint chief of staff, denied that the house belonged to the army.

“The matter in contention is entirely a private issue between your client Mown Construction Ltd and Maj Gen Kasirye Gwanga...the UPDF, as an institution, does not condone such acts of indiscipline and equally advises that the services of court bailiffs be sought to ensure that your client repossess this property in good time,” Mbadi’s letter says in part.

Armed with this letter, bailiffs backed up by police moved to evict Gwanga but he repulsed them. Later, President Museveni intervened and pledged to pay off the claimants. Since then, however, nothing has materialised until Gwanga moved to sell it. 

STUNNED

Kasirye Gwanga holds a lease on block 273 plot 732 from Buganda Land Board. However, he also took possession of a private mailo on block 261 plot 428 which is near his legally-acquired land.

Charles Odere, the lawyer for Mowm Construction, said they were taken aback by the actions of Gwanga to sell off the land yet State House hasn’t paid them even a penny in compensation. Odere insists BLB has never leased land in block 261 plot 428 to Kasirye Gwanga.

“We had discussions with the State House legal officer Florence Kiconco and she said the president didn’t want his officer to be humiliated by being evicted. She said the government was going to buy the house for Kasirye Gwanga but we last heard from them in 2016,” Odere told The Observer on Tuesday.

When contacted, Don Wanyama, the senior presidential spokesperson; said he was not familiar with that case.

“I don’t know about that case; I need to first crosscheck. You’re telling me about it for the first time, let me first speak to our land people and find out,” Wanyama said.

Odere says they want Kasirye Gwanga and those who allegedly bought the land to desist from undertaking any activity on the land until its ownership dispute is settled. They have written to Kampala Capital City Authority requesting them to halt any development on the land.

“It has been brought to our client’s notice that some unscrupulous individuals purporting to claim an interest in part of our client’s aforesaid land are in the process of carrying out construction upon the same...we seek the indulgence of your office to intervene and halt forthwith the commencement of any illegal construction upon the said plot of land without our client’s consent and in the absence of the prerequisite approval from the authority,” the letter says in part. 

Odere has also said they are considering legal action against Gwanga, a man best known for controversy and open-mindedness.

BLB POSITION

Speaking to this newspaper on Tuesday, Denis Bugaya, the spokesperson for BLB, reiterated that Gwanga indeed has a 49-year running lease on their land but said they were also disturbed by allegations that he had sold it to a third party without their knowledge and consent.

“We heard about the sale in rumours but we haven’t received any information regarding any transaction on that plot of land,” he said.

Under normal circumstances, you are supposed to get consent transfer from the landlord before you transfer ownership of your lease to someone else.

bakerbatte@observer.ug

Comments

+11 #1 Ugthinker 2018-05-25 11:08
All bushmen have one thing in common, they abhor the law!

To them, they fought, hijacked us, we are captives at their mercy! Here is a sample and you will easily link them to some criminal behaviours
Kasirye Gwanga
Matayo Kyaligonza
Salim Saleh
Tumwine
Tumukunde
The list is endless, feel free to update it......
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-9 #2 gatashimana 2018-05-25 12:50
Big up Kasirye Gwanga. I'm not a huge fan of yours and I honestly think you are borderline not so smart, but you know what?

Everyone else does what you just did a d they keep didding it. Let a Muganda man also exhibit his power. Keep up the good work.
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+7 #3 Odongkara 2018-05-25 12:55
Quoting Ugthinker:
All bushmen have one thing in common, they abhor the law!

To them, they fought, hijacked us, we are captives at their mercy! Here is a sample and you will easily link them to some criminal behaviours
Kasirye Gwanga
Matayo Kyaligonza
Salim Saleh
Tumwine
Tumukunde
The list is endless, feel free to update it......

In other words these are the dreaded Mafia being talked of in the corridors of of Nommo gallery.
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-1 #4 rubangakene 2018-05-25 15:45
You got to give it to this man; he has got the guts and gall of a real "guerilla fighter", always calling a spade a spade and never mincing his words.

But it remains to be seen how such 'talent' can be mustered and put to good use for the majority of the other suffering and disenfranchised Ugandans.
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+4 #5 Enos Lukorito 2018-05-25 17:57
When persons who adore impunity and are driven with a thuggish mind take power, you don't expect them to behave like angels, do you? The thuggery began in the bush, robbing banks, coffee factories and civilians.

Do leopards ever change their spots? Indeed the spots become more prominent when the leopards ascend positions of power. You ain't seen nothing yet.
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+3 #6 gwok 2018-05-26 01:06
Quoting Odongkara:
Quoting Ugthinker:
All bushmen have one thing in common, they abhor the law! .....


In other words these are the dreaded Mafia being talked of in the corridors of of Nommo gallery.


Please look at this way. The biological clocks are ticking on all these bushmen.

The rush to "sell" what is disputed is the only strategy that is available to this man to cash in before it is too late.

Whoever has bought that land must be stupid because he could have bought pure air.

Further, the bushman is offloading his misdeeds onto that buyer and if he has paid the bushman already, he must know that such bushmen are not inclined to refunding debts, should that be necessary.
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+3 #7 Jama 2018-05-26 01:09
Another kind of barbaric exhibition by these arrogant bushmen, who have taken Uganda hostage as their personal property.

I once met an ex bushman who was promised some cash by his excellence the liberator. But this man has never again had access to state house.

So this company claiming ownership shouldn't expect anything from state house.

Several witnesses confirm that the man rarely respects his engagements. So when you're gorvned by a demagogue,don't be surprised by what's happening.

Impunity will be eradicated in this country the day these bushmen will be disarmed and the rule of law established. For God and my country.
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+1 #8 gwok 2018-05-28 02:21
Quoting gatashimana:
Big up Kasirye Gwanga. I'm not a huge fan of yours and I honestly think you are borderline not so smart, but you know what?

Everyone else does what you just did a d they keep didding it. Let a Muganda man also exhibit his power. Keep up the good work.


This Gwanga bushman is actually smarter that you you have rated him.

Why? (a) He aware that the bio-clocks of all their bushmen lot are ticking too (read my earlier posting).

(b) It is mentioned that M7 promised to buy for him that property. We now know that the promise is /was pure air too, as usual. He is aware of that too, so, he must, of necessity, dispose off that lot of non-movable assets while M7 still lasts.

(c) Since this bushman is close enough to M7, he might also be aware of some worrying issues that are not shareable with us, thus his uncertainty and the hurry to dis-invest (make his hay while the sun shines). Got it, Sir?
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0 #9 Lakwena 2018-05-28 08:27
In other words, what a lack of prudence! Of all the nutcases and psychopaths in this country, the buyer of this property is foolish enough to have bought something big from Kasiyre Gwanga.

If not a habitual looser, this guy or girl may also be thug like Gwanga.
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