Land Row – Saleh’s Daughter Digs in

Gen Salim Saleh’s daughter Joselyn Kanyana has denied accusations that she grabbed a piece of land belonging to the private firm Saramugo Investments.

On Monday, The Observer reported that Saramugo had gone to the Jinja Chief Magistrate’s court seeking to restrain Kanyana or her agents from trespassing on a 1.5-acre piece of land on Kennedy road in Jinja’s Industrial area.Saramugo’s lawyer, Nasser Mubonde, told The Observer that on January 9, 2014, his client had paid Shs 250m to buy the land from Nsubuga Bewayo, who had bought it from Sanjay Patel.

“They think that when they say Saleh’s daughter is involved in this and that, my father will tell me to back off,” Kanyana said.

She added that she had taken possession of the land legally after paying Shs 200m to three lawful occupants of the land (Hajji Mukasa Khalid, Ssalongo Munywanyi and Badru Sula Munywanyi). Kanyana says she compensated and relocated 53 formerly-occupant families.

“When I made the transaction [on June 6], all the local leaders were there as witnesses. What I did was to buy the interests of these people, who have lived on the land since 1982,” Kanyana said.

At the time she paid, Kanyana was aware the land was still under the ownership of the Custodian Board, not any other party. Kanyana said the land title being displayed by the lawyers of Saramugo Investments as proof of ownership was forged. She showed The Observer a July 14, 2014 to letter prove her assertions.

The letter, signed by Sam Male, the chairman of the Divestiture committee under the Departed Asians’ Property Custodian Board (DAPCB) reads:

“This is to confirm that the subject (land) is under the management of the Departed Asians’ Property Custodian Board (DAPCB) and is occupied by our tenants.”

The letter is addressed to Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka.

Kanyana denied claims that her bodyguards had threatened anyone. She said the guards were there to protect her property which includes a maize mill. She said her father had been troubled by The Observer report although he would not intervene.

“We don’t choose our parents. So, is it a crime that my father is a prominent person?” she said, adding that she had made the decision to buy the land independently.

The Observer has learnt that the land dispute is now under investigations by the police’s Land Protection Unit.

Source : The Observer

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