Conmen defraud accountant Shs600m in land transaction

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The Parliament accountant, Mr Grieves Byakika, has been defrauded of Shs650m in a land transaction at Lugolodde village in Bulemeezzi, Luweero District.

According to the police SD 29/4/3/17, Mr Byakika, was defrauded by 10 men disguising as rightful owners of the two squares miles equivalence of 1,280 acres of late Zake Luyimbazi.

Mr Byakika who reportedly bought the land in 2014, according to Luweero District police reference number CRB1688/2014, was last month denied access to his land by police to conduct his farming activities accusing him of trespassing.

A police source said six of the 10 suspects had been arrested, including two men in their late 60s. The suspects are allegedly being detained at Katwe Division Police Station and Kampala Central Police Station.

Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Emilian Kayima confirmed the arrest but declined to give details saying he needed time to gather all the necessary information regarding the fraudulent land deal.

“There are still many suspects at large and we are still looking for them. We therefore need enough time to make investigations and we shall brief the media at an appropriate time,” Mr Kayima said.
A police source identified the six suspects as James Bogere, Emmanuel Ssali, Ismail Lukwago, Abdulla Mukisa, Damina Sserubiri and Robert Muhwezi.

The conmen are said to have impersonated late Luyimbazi’s children Mr Zake Ngugu and Ms Diana Zake Nakirya who are based in US and entrusted their late father’s estate to city lawyer Ms Brenda Naikoba of Kakooza and Kawuma Advocates.

When Daily Monitor contacted Mr Byakika, he said: “I request you first hold that story. I am still very busy now.”
Ms Naikoba did not pick nor return our repeated calls but a police source at CPS said she spent the better part of yesterday recording statements on behalf of the Zake family.

Mr Vincent Ssekatte, Savannah region spokesperson, said he could not comment since the transaction was made before his appointment as the region’s police mouthpiece.

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