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Squatters lied to stay on land, says tycoon

Thursday June 21 2012

By NATION CORRESPONDENT

A tycoon who is seeking to have his land back after it was allegedly allocated to squatters by Lands’ officials claims that the court was misled into issuing orders protecting the title deeds held by the squatters.

Ugandan Mayur Madhvani on Thursday told High Court judge Francis Tuiyott that the squatters lied when they obtained orders to stay on the disputed land without disclosing that there were previous orders issued suspending any allocation, transfer or sale of the property.

The 40 squatters, who filed a representative suit through Ms Fatuma Chamkono, obtained the orders in May, after alleging that Msambweni district commissioner and Diani district officer were harassing and planned to evict them.

But Mr Madhvani, through his company Emfil Ltd, informed the court that the squatters were aware of the other pending proceedings relating to the same property but chose to keep quiet and were now developing the land.

DC Muzne Abdulattiff denied harassing the squatters and insisted that she visited the area to intervene after a dispute arose among the squatters and Emfil employees.

The case will heard on June 29.

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