THE Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) in Kahama District has recovered a house and returned it back to the right owner(s) in a debt row.
PCCB Deputy District Head, Mr Frank Masilamba told reporters over the weekend that the house was previously owned by the late, Mr Edward Mpolosi, but illegally confiscated by a business person, Mr Masero Nyamhanga over a non-paid debt.
He said before his death, Mpolosi had asked for 300,000/- as a loan from Mr Nyamhanga, but failed to settle it on time, prompting the businessman to declare it his.
“In accumulated debt of 10.5m/-, he (Mr Nyamhanga) decided to descend on the house. The procedure applied for the house confiscation wasn’t official. We therefore, return the house number 165 in Block ‘J’ to the deceased’s family. We passed through the parties’ contract and found it invalid, and the loaner was aware that what he did was against the loaning procedures,” said Mr Masilamba.
Kahama District Commissioner (DC), Mr Anamringi Macha, noted that the government should hand over the house to the deceased’s children, namely Ms Rose and Mr George, because the trader never followed the law.
However, he warned business people from exploiting the plight of the poor and rob them their valuable assets.
“The government will not entertain any illegal loan scheme especially this ‘mikopo umiza’. We will continue hunting, arresting and taking stern legal measures against people in the business,” he added.
One of the deceased’s children, Rose Edward on receiving the house back, thanked the DC and PCCB for assisting them, saying justice has prevailed.