By our reporter

The Finance Ministry Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi has warned that any person found mishandling property belonging to departed Asians will be held personally liable for his/ her actions.

In a letter dated 23 May, 2018 to George William Bizibu, the Executive Secretary Departed Asian Property Custodian Board, Muhakanizi warned against cancelling certificates of properties repossessed by Indians.

“Where repossession certificate for properties under the DAPCB had been issued, only the relevant courts of law had the authority to cancel such certificates in accordance with the law. It was agreed that the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and the board must continue to respect the rule of law. Therefore, any orders of court must be complied with,” wrote Muhakanizi, citing a meeting between Finance minister Matia Kasaija, Bizibu and himself in regard to the management of departed Asian properties.

He further cautioned that, “any person not acting in compliance with the law, will be held personally liable for whatever actions contrary to the law.”

The letter comes amid ongoing investigations into the allocation of properties belonging to departed Asians.

The Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters has since quizzed Bizibu, Kasaija and Lands minister Betty Amongi who reportedly used a company Amobet Investments Limited she co-owns with her sister Adongo Keti to acquire temporary possession of four lucrative government properties in Kampala after they were repossessed by the Asian family in 1992.