OUT ON BAIL

Busia chief charged with fraudulent acquisition of land

The administrator is accused of acquiring his father's land using forged documents

In Summary
  • Lwanya location Cchief Fredrick Khaseke is accused of forging a land transfer form which he used to transfer family land to himself.
  • The land is registered under title Bukhayo/Mundika 6203.
Lwanya location Chief Fredrick Khaseke in Busia court.
FACING THE LAW: Lwanya location Chief Fredrick Khaseke in Busia court.
Image: EMOJONG OSERE

A chief in Busia has been arrested and charged with forging documents which he is said to have used to acquire land.

Lwanya location chief Fredrick Khaseke is accused of forging a land transfer form which he used to transfer family land to himself.

The land is registered under title Bukhayo/Mundika 6203.

Khaseke, according to prosecution, is alleged to have forged a land transfer form used by the District Land Registrar to illegally acquire land contrary to the Registration of Land Act 2021.

He is also expected to answer to accusations that he secretly, without the knowledge of his siblings, processed his father’s death certificate which he used to facilitate the land transfer. He is said to have processed the death certificate in the year 2000 despite the existence of the same document which was processed in 1997 the year his father died.

According to prosecution, Khaseke’s father, Dismus Khaseke, died on June 11, 1997 and a death certificate was processed the same year.

The chief is, however, said to have processed different death certificate in September 2000 which he is alleged to have used to facilitate the land transfer process.

Prosecution said there is overwhelming evidence on record to warrant prosecution of the suspect.

He appeared before Busia chief magistrate Lucy Ambasi.

The accused pleaded not guilty and was freed on a Sh5,000 cash bail pending the mentioning of the case on October 18, 2021.

The case will be heard on December 13 and 14.

-Edited by SKanyara