William Kasozi

City lawyer William Kasozi has been dragged to the Land Division of the High Court by a businesswoman over a 10-acre piece of land.

Kasozi, who is also an advocate, was sued alongside Commissioner Land Registration in the Lands Ministry. The subject matter of suit land is about sh30m per acre.

Themi Nakibuuka, the daughter of the late Paulo Sebalu, filed the suit at the Land Division of the High Court seeking a declaration that the defendants were fraudulent.

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It is alleged that on December 5, 1999, the late Henry Mubiru, the father of the defendant (Kasozi), sold 10 acres on Block 514, Plot 20 at Kabikikango, Wakiso District to the late Sebalu at sh200,000 per acre.

The businesswoman says the late Mubiru was to sign mutation forms and transfer instruments to create a title for the 10 acres, but he never did so.

“The land had squatters, who were compensated duly by Sebalu and immediately took possession of the land,” the court documents read.

Court documents also indicate that to protect his interest, Sebalu registered a caveat on the land on September 12, 2012.

Nakibuuka says the deceased tried to obtain sub-division and registration of the land but the same was futile until his death in 2002.

She adds that her late father (Sebalu) engaged and reached Kasozi to finalize the process, but he told him that he was in the process of acquiring letters of administration and in any case, he would comply thereafter, but nothing materialized.

According to the plaintiff, on November 13, 2013, Sebalu died and the plaintiff, being the only child, obtained letters of administration for the estate, but was not well conversant with the suit land.

“In attempt to defraud the estate of the late Sebalu, Kasozi executed a memorandum of settlement with the plaintiff on September 20, 2015 with intent to cheat her. The only land surrounding the suit land is owned by Sebalu,” court documents read.

The plaintiff states that the memorandum of settlement between her and Kasozi is void.

Nakibuuka wants punitive and exemplary damages against Kasozi, amounting to sh100m.

The deputy court registrar, Flavia Nabakooza, has summoned Kasozi and the Commissioner Land Registration to file their defence within 15 days.