Sema Properties Sued As Land Deal Goes Wrong

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Sema Properties Ltd, a real estate agency, has been sued by one of its aggrieved clients for allegedly selling to him a plot of land that had impediments.

Sema Properties Ltd, a real estate agency, has been sued by one of its aggrieved clients for allegedly selling to him a plot of land that had impediments.
 
Solomon Kigongo sued the property mangers before the High Court in Kampala today. He is seeking for recovery of seven million shillings that he allegedly paid for the piece of land measuring 11.5 decimals in Kakiri, Wakiso District. Further, he is also seeking for over 67 million shillings being special and general damages for the breach of contract he had with Sema as they executed the land agreement contract.
 
In his complaint, Kigongo says he bought the piece of land in question at seven million shillings on July 20, 2011 from Sema properties, who claimed to be the owners of the land. He says since the execution of the agreement and purchase of the said land, he has failed to take possession of the land due to claims by other people over the said land and squatters.
 
Kigongo claims that the company sold the plot to him well knowing that it had encumbrances and did not inform him about it.
 
Through his lawyers of Tumwesigye Bainagane and Co Advocates, he now holds Sema Properties liable for his losses after the construction process he had started was halted and his construction materials destroyed by unknown people claiming to have interests in the land.
 
Court is yet to summon Sema Properties that is located in Old Kampala to file in their defense before a hearing date can be set.
 
This suit is filed at the time when a concerned lawyer, Andrew Tumusiime, has just petitioned the Constitutional Court seeking its orders to disband the Nantaba Committee that is traversing the country with the aim of settling land disputes including cancellation of land titles arising out of illegal evictions. The committee is chaired by State Minister for Lands, Idah Nantaba.
 
Tumusiime claims that the Nantaba Committee has caused more havoc than good by orchestrating and okaying destruction of crops, killing of animals and violence especially meted out to the land owners, their relatives particularly in the districts of Kayunga, Wakiso and Kireka in Kampala.