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Katabi Town Council Leaders Charged for Conning Four Men in Fraudulent Land Transaction

Zubair Karangwa, the Kabale ward LCII Chairperson and James Kakande, the Kabale B LCI chairman are accused of conniving with two land brokers Asuman Lule and Tonny Katongole sell a plot of land to four people.
Asuman Lule and Zubair Karangwa, the chairperson Kabale Ward inside Entebbe court

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Two leaders in Kabale ward, in Katabi Town Council, Wakiso district, have been charged for allegedly defrauding four men in a botched land deal.

Zubair Karangwa, the Kabale ward LCII Chairperson and James Kakande, the Kabale B LCI chairman are accused of conniving with two land brokers Asuman Lule and Tonny Katongole sell a plot of land to four people. 

On Friday, they appeared before the Entebbe Chief Magistrate Juliet Nakitende and were charged with obtaining money by false pretence, conspiracy to commit a felony and theft of property.

It is alleged that alleges that the suspects approached Sam Mwesigwa, Geoffrey Nsubuga, Benon Ahimbisibwe and Arman Ssebugwawo and duped them into buying the same piece of land, measuring 50 feet by 100 feet, in Kabale B cell.

According to court records, Mwesigwa paid 10 million shillings, Ahimbisibwe 11 million, Ssebugwawo paid shillings 13 million and Nsubuga shillings 18 million between February 2020 and March 2021.

Nsubuga says he "bought" the plot in March 2021 and later realised that he had been conned because he was not allowed to access the land. Also, he eventually met Ssebugwawo, Mwesigwa and Ahimbisibwe who also claim ownership of the land.

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Nsubuga says he asked Karangwa and Lule, who was the purported owner of the land, to refund his money or allow him to develop the plot. However, Nsubuga says Karangwa went into hiding after he learnt that Nsubuga had filed a complaint at Abaita Ababiri police station.

However, on Tuesday evening, Nsubuga moved with police officers and arrested Karangwa and Kakande from their hideout in Abaita Ababiri.

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Ethan Kiwumulo, a businessman in Katabi Town Council says he is the rightful owner of the plot after buying it from Lule in 2015.

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Nakitende granted the suspects bail until August 18, when they will appear for the hearing of the case.