Businessman claims NSSF Nsimbe estate

Tuesday November 14 2017

A police officer and a security guard confront Mr

A police officer and a security guard confront Mr Deogratius Sseremba (2nd left) and his lawyer, Mr Sam Ssekyewa, on Sunday. Photo by Andrew Bagala 


KAMPALA- Police have blocked a city businessman from developing a 370- acre piece of land on which National Social Security Fund (NSSF) plans to construct low cost houses in Mpigi District.

Police and a private security firm hired by NSSF confronted Mr Deogratius Sseremba’s workers, who had ferried building materials to start construction on Sunday.
Mr Sseremba said he bought the land, which NSSF also claims, from Mr Lule Kirimala Empaka in 2012 and that he has a freehold land title.
“I have a land title for the land and I have a right to use my land. We have even put a caveat on the land,” Mr Sseremba said.

The same land in question was acquired by Nsimbe Holdings, owned by Mr James Isabirye Mugoya who sold it to NSSF. The Fund has acquired 423.6 acres of prime land at Nsimbe at Shs21.6b.

On September 13, 2016, the High Court allowed a consent judgment between NSSF and Mugoya Estates, the majority shareholder in Nsimbe Holdings.
After the consent judgment, Mugoya Estates transferred the land titles into the NSSF names and the Fund took over possession of the land.
But Mr Sseremba’s lawyer, Mr Sam Ssekyewa, said the titles that NSSF claims to have are not genuine.

However, the Mpigi District police commander, Mr Ronald Mugarura, stopped Mr Sseremba’s developments on the land, saying he needed proof of ownership.
“I have a directive from my regional commander to stop the developments. NSSF people have said they will come with all documentation at the regional police office. So you also come with your documents,” Mr Mugarura said.

Mr Victor Karamagi, a senior communication officer at NSSF, said the Fund owns the land legally.
“We have land titles for that area. Have they (Sseremba) shown you their land titles?” Mr Karamagi said yesterday.
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