City Lawyer, Richard Buzibira is on the spot for fraudulently receiving Shillings 1.47 billion of his client from the Land Fund. Buzibira reportedly used the letters of Attorney from his client, Teddy Nansubuga, a farmer from Kibaale district to process and receive his compensation money from Uganda Land Commission.
While appearing before the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire Commission on Friday, Nansubuga, explained that she and her late uncle, Raphael Kulumba approached Buzibira at his Kampala based office to help her to reclaim compensation from government for Block 223, Plot 1 Buyaga and Block 224, Plot 1 Buyaga totaling to 254.2 hectares.
“I surrendered my two land titles and we made an agreement that I had given him the titles to help me process compensation from government.” Nansubuga told the Commission in Lunyoro. Nansubuga explained that she signed several documents drafted by Buzibira that were translated to her by Dennis Musinguzi, a surveyor from Kibaale District she found in the lawyer’s office.
The Commission Deputy Lead Counsel, John Bosco Suuza, explained to Nansubuga that the document she signed was not an agreement but powers of attorney. Buzibira asked Nansubuga why she went to Buzibira instead of Uganda Land Commission where government compensations are processed. Nansubuga explained that she used Buzibira as her lawyer because she didn’t know how to go about the compensation process.
According to Suuza, after signing off the Powers of Attorney, Buzibira made Nansubuga to sign an application form for compensation from the Land Fund on May 27th, 2015. Nansubuga says she waited for the compensation in vain and repeatedly called Buzibira without success. According to Nansubuga, after a long wait Buzibira met her and asked her whether she would accept to sell the Land to an individual.
Nansubuga said she accepted the offer since she was in desperate need of money and sold Block 223, Plot 1 Buyaga and Block 224, Plot 1 Buyaga to a one, Warren Mwesigye at Shillings 80 million and Shillings 190 million respectively. She explained to the Commission that prior to the transaction, she had never met Mwesigye and only met him when Buzibira called her to his office.
Nansubuga also explained that despite signing the sale agreement; she was not given any copies. Suuza asked Nansubuga whether Buzibira updated on the fate of her earlier application for compensation from government after the land was sold to Mwesigye. In her response, Nansubuga said she didn’t receive any information from Buzibira about the government compensation. She also denied received any compensation from Government for the land in question.
Suuza explained that documents before the Commission show that before Nansubuga signed off the Powerd of Attorney on October 27th 2015 authorizing Buzibira to pursue compensation from government, he received Shillings 200 million from the Land Fund on July 24th 2015 in Nansubuga’s name.
He explained that Buzibira continued picked money in seven installments from the land fund ranging between Shillings 50million and 200 million on different dates in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Suuza told Nansubuga that Buzibira has so far received Shillings 650 million compensation for Block 223 Plot 1 Buyaga and 821 million for Block 224, Plot 1 Buyaga.