The Departed Asians Property Custodian Board Executive Secretary George Bizibu and the Finance Minister Matia Kasaija have been warned by the Solicitor General not to interfere in matters regarding Asian properties.
The Attorney General in his letter indicated that from the available record, the property in caption had been repossessed by its pre 1972 owners on the authority of a certificate issued by the minister.
The letter reads that the purported claim of ownership or authority over the property by the board, as has been the case with respect to other long possessed properties in the recent past, is downright illegal, and is unnecessarily exposing his office and the government at large to costly litigation.
“That this office therefore, will disassociate itself from illegal action being contrived by the board in this particular matter and urges the board to desist from further interfering with registered owner’s constitutionally protected right to the property in question” Solicitor General’s letter dated June 15, 2021 further reads.
DAPCB had on February 26, 2021 wrote to the LC1 Chairperson Martin Road indicating that the board was verifying the said property in his area and the purpose of writing to his office was to provide vacant possession of the property.
The letter read, “DAPCB is in the process of verifying and winding up all its activities on Expropriated Properties of which this property is among the properties to be verified. Further the occupants are illegally occupying this property without any colour of authority to which they are required to pay rent arrears since 1972 to date. Therefore, they should provide vacant possession to enable the Minister of Finance deal in the property”.
The purpose of this letter is to request the occupants to provide vacant possession of Plot 14c Martin Road Kampala not later than 60 days from receipt of this letter” reads a letter from Hirome Sabbehe Mayanja, Chairman of Divestiture committee of DAPCB.