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Former Ntare School Boss Narrates How She Nabbed Her Husband Bonking Another Woman, Who Is Now Stealing Her Home, In Their Marital Bed – Pins Kayihura And City Lawyer Kanduho

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Former Ntare School Boss Grace Namutebi Isharaza, the widow to professor Isharaza testifying before the commission before breaking down in tears

Former Inspector General of Police (IGP) General Kale Kayihura has been cited in the grabbing land belonging to Mbrarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) professor, William Isharaza in Kemiyonga Kashari, Mbarara District. Grace Namutebi Isharaza, the widow to professor Isharaza testified before the commission of inquiry into land matters that after the death of her husband in 2016, policemen stormed her family home and arrested all the people who they found there including Jovial Kemirembe the caretaker of their family farm. She revealed that when she tried to ask the policemen why they were arresting them, they were told that they were working on orders from above.

She testified that she tried to talk to Mbarara police authorities but she was not given answers until she met Kayihura. She said that when she meets Kayihura. The General told her that he couldn’t help her but promised to find an alternative time for another meeting. She told the commission that she later realized that Kayihura was the one behind her eviction because he wanted the land to be given to Edith Kekimuri, a young fiancé to Isharaza. She said that Kale and Kekimuri combined forces to push her and her five children off the land because she was not a westerner. She further revealed that she got some breathing space when Kayihura was fired from the force and the authorities that replaced him ordered the policemen he had deployed on the land to withdraw.  Namutebi also pinned city lawyer Frank Kanduho for attempting to grab her land. She said one day when she was at her home in Nazigo, Kayunga district, she received a phone call from Kanduho informing her of a meeting at Kashari to read for them the will left behind by her husband.

She said that she contacted her children Musiime Isharaza, Mwesigwa Isharaza, Muhanguzi Isharaza, Mirembe Mwebaze Isharaza and other family members to attend the meeting.  She said that immediately when they reached the meeting, Kanduho entered with an auspicious look and warned them about the will he was going to read for them.

“You people might see me as a young person but I have seen a lot of things and am more knowledgeable. I am hereby warning you never to attempt to change what the deceased put in his will. I have seen people terrorized by ghosts, so to avoid such scenarios avoid changing what is recorded in this will,” Kanduho reportedly said.

Namutebi said that Kanduho started reading the will but whatever he read was forged because some of the children’s names were not written properly. She testified that after reading the will, Namutebi and his children asked for a copy but Kanduho refused to give it to them. She further revealed that they looked for engineer Tabaro Tugume who was appointed to execute the will but still she was not given a copy, a thing which surprised her.  However, Namutebi told the commission that her children managed to get pictures of the will using their phones which they used as evidence when they reported the matter to CID department Kibuli. She said that police forced Kanduho to surrender a copy of the will which the police later used to verify whether the will was signed by Isharaza.

She said that the police discovered that the will was forged. Earlier, Namutebi told the commission that they bought the 87 acres of land on Block 3 plot 4 Ankole together with her husband in 1982 from John Ibara. She said that she was the one who paid the money because Isharaza was studying his PHD program abroad and by then, she was working at Tororo Girls’ School. She testifies that after duly purchasing the land, she agreed with her husband to register the land in Isharaza’s names. She said in 1990, they relocated to Mbarara and she was given a job as headmistress Ntare School. Her husband was also given a job at Mbarara university. She told the commission that because their mission was to develop their land, they established an animal farm and banana plantations on the land. She revealed that in the 1990s, her husband got a loan of shs58m from Uganda commercial bank without her consent.

She said that secretly, her husband failed to service the loan and the bank threatened to took their family property. She testified that Isharaza went into hiding in Kabale because the bank was looking for him and he feared being humiliated before the public being a university professor.  She said that as a married woman, she looked for all means to rescue their marital home. She decided to talk to Uganda Commercial Bank officials. She told the commission that by that time, the commercial bank properties were being transferred to Non-performing Asserts Recovering Truest, so she was advised to talk to them. She testified that she pleaded with officers from the Non-performing Assets Recovering Trust not to auction their family land because she was a wife to Isharaza and she was willing to pay. She said that she was allowed to contest and hence she was became the top bidder and bought the land at Shs20.5m.

She said that after retaining the land, she was given all the necessary documents and she transferred the land from Isharaza’s name into her name. She testified that she allowed her husband to come back home. However, when he returned, he turned violent and developed deadly vices of adultery and alcoholism. She said that one time, her husband was given a job with Agha Khan foundation in Bushenyi. She spent only one month there but one day when she came back home, she found her husband had married another woman.

“My lord I will never forget, even though I will not expose my husband but the day I found him with a woman on my bed, not sleeping but playing sex, on my bed,” Namutebi wept before the commission. This forced justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission to adjourn the hearing. Namutebi also told the commission that when she tried to register her land into her children’s names, she found the land already fraudulently transferred in Isharaza’s names. She said that right now her land was taken by Kekimuru her co-wife. She said that Kekimuru also took their family car, land in Ntare and Sanga. She said that she now abodes in Kayunga even after working hard her whole life to live a good life in retirement. She asked the commission to help her retain her land. The commission is still investigating the matter and Kekimuri is expected also to testify before the commission.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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STEALING FROM THE DEAD: Namirembe Cathedral To Take 75% Of Condolence Money Collected, To Give Deceased’s Family Only 25%

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The Church of Uganda has issued new guidelines in which they will take 75% of the money collected as condolences during funeral services.

A communication from Rev. Canon Nelson Kaweesa, the Namirembe Cathedral Secretary, to the Cathedral Dean, Archdeacon, canons, lay leaders and believers, states that the move was agreed upon by a meeting that sat on Friday May 24 2019.

“The council agreed that during memorial services at the Cathedral, there will be collection of condolences and 75% of that money will remain at the Cathedral to cater for items used during the service. Only 25% of the money collected will go to the family of the deceased,” the communication reads in part.

Rev. Canon Kaweesa further states that the condolences will always be collected before the sermon to allow ushers count and declare the amount collected as condolences. The communication further reads that the new guidelines will also be applied on services held at the home of the deceased. In the past, all money collected as condolences was given back to the family of the deceased.

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GUILTY AS CHARGED: You Kidnapped And Killed Her – Court Finally Convicts Pine Car Bond Businessman Sebuufu On Katushabe’s Murder

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It was tears and jubilation as pine car bond businessman Muhammad Sebuufu and seven others were convicted on the murder of businesswoman Donna Betty Katushabe, a former Centenary bank employee. 

“I found out that state has proved beyond reasonable doubt all the ingredients in the three counts of murder, kidnap with intention to murder and armed robbery which were charged against Muhammad Ssebuufu, Phillip Mirambe, Steven Lwanga, Shaban Odutu, Paul Tasingika,  Dameseni Ssentongo, Godfrey Kayinza  and I  convict them,” High Court Judge Flavia Anglin Senoga said. She said that the prosecution team led by senior state prosecutor Michael Ojok  and Winfred Ahimbisibwe placed Sebuufu and his co-accussed on the scene of crime at pine car bond in Kampala where the deceased was tortured from and later died at the entrance of  Kampala central police station.

The late Katushabe’s lawyer Annet Kyomugisha (2nd R)

The judge refuted the alibis which Sebuufu based on to defend himself that on the day Katushabe was tortured, he was at Mwanga 2 court in Mengo not at pine as the state witnesses testified. The judge stated that the convict had malice forethought to murder the deceased because after planning the move to kidnap her from her home in Bwebajja on Entebbe road instead of driving her to Kampala central police station. The soft-spoken judge said that the act of taking Katushabe to pine car bond showed that the suspects wanted to negotiate with her on how to pay the remaining shs9m on the purchased Toyota Premio from pine car bond. 

She based her judgment on the postmortem report which indicated that Katushabe was first tortured before she died. The learned judge wondered why the convicts instead of torturing the deceased didn’t file a civil suit so that their balance is paid through civil courts. She noted that the suspect participated in committing the crime according to the testimony of Peter Tumusiime, a lawyer who was sent to pine to rescue Katushabe from Sebuufu’s hands.

Tumusiime told court that he saw with his necked eye Sebuufu and Odutu undressing and beating up the deceased while squeezing her breasts and private parts. The judge further pointed out the star testimony was from Annet Kyomugisha, a lawyer to Katushabe, who told court that it was Sebuufu who called her on phone and put Katushabe on the loud speaker. Katushabe was crying and begging her lawyer to look for money because her captors had promised to kill her if she did not get the money.

Katushabe’s relatives jubilating

However, the judge put Steven Lwanga, a special hire driver at pine on charges of associating with the convicts who murdered Katushabe because when he was hired to drive Katushabe to police, he drove her back to pine where she was seriously tortured. State prosecutor Michael Ojok asked for an adjournment to prepare his submission on the sentencing because the convict deserves a maximum punishment of death. Sebuufu’s lawyer Evans Ochang told journalists that he is not happy with the judgment and he has to first read the entire judgment before advising his client on the way forward and whether to appeal in the court or not.

Katushabe’s relatives celebrated after the judgment and applauded the judge for standing by the truth adding that Sebuufu bribed all the people who were handling their case since 2015. Robert Muhindo, a brother to Katushabe said that even though Katushabe is dead and they can’t return her life, she will feel very contentedwherever she is. The convicted will know their fate on 1st July 2019.

By Jamil Lutakome

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THIEVES! Bank Of Baroda MD Grilled For Giving Dead Man Loan And Stealing His Family Land, House Alleging That He Defaulted

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Ashwini Kumar, the Managing Director Bank of Baroda and Igara East members of parliament were yesterday grilled for forging a mortgage and trying to steal a Dead man’s estate. 

John Bosco Suuza, the deputy lead counsel of the commission of inquiry into land matters revealed that the commission has testimony from Barbra Atukunda Sseruwo  a widow to late Joseph Marry Sewulo a city businessman that between 1993 and 1993 forged a mortgage transaction and confiscate her 22 acres on land at Nalusuga Wakiso district.

“Mr. Kumar this commission wanted to understand from you how your bank the might bank of Baroda enters into a mortgage contract with the late Joseph Sseruwo in August 1994 when the death certificate from the ministry of healthy shows that the man dies in April 1994” Suuza asked.

Atukunda after appearing before the land probe

He narrated that Miss Atukunda Sseruwo, the widow to the late was informed about the pending mortgage in the bank when Baroda hired Super Star auctioneers and court beliefs owned by MP Mawanda to evict her from her land and house situated on Kyadondo Block 129 plot 76.  Suuza said that Atukunda tried to seek audience from the bank management but they kept dodging her until the property was sold.

He said that Atukunda testified before the commission that even though she was willing to rescue her husband’s property from the bank through selling her piece of land in Luzira a Kampala suburb, she was not helped. Atukunda further told the commission that she hired lawyers from Nsubuga Mubiru, Bitangalo and company Advocates to legally follow up the matter and write asking them not to sell the property until evidence showing that her husband obtained the said loan is shown to her. The bank continued to sell the land in a very hostile manner.

Commissioner Joyce Gunza Habaasa told the commission that he has evidence that in 1993, valuers valued that confiscated land at Shs51m but the bank sold it to city land broker Charles Serukuma at only Shs5m. Suuza revealed that there was syndicate between Bank of Baroda, MP Mawanda and Serukuma to grab the Deadman’s estate  fraudulently. He asked why the bank claims that late Sseruwo applied for a loan of shs15m from the bank through Inter export Uganda limited yet he was not the only shareholder.

In his defense, Kumar testified that he has faced a lot of problems since the transaction was done in 1993 because most of the documents were not accessible. He said that the only document he managed to access is the application for the loan and the mortgage deeds. Kumar’s testimony shocked justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission who wondered how Bank of Baroda which has been in existence for more than 66 years failed to keep records of its transactions and important documents. Kumar testified that what he is sure of is that Sseruwo was paid and the bank followed all the procedures to sell off the land because he failed to pay the loan.

Mawanda testifying before the land probe

He further informed the commission that Atukunda was in know of the loan because after the death of her husband, she paid shs8m but failed to complete the loan. Kumar said that right now, he has nothing to do for Atukunda because they are dealing with public money and the bank doesn’t have any money to compensate her. The commission also grilled MP Mawanga who illegally auctioned the land and ended up as the owner. Suuza said that Mawanda violently evicted Atukunda from their land after conniving with Baroda and Serukuma.

Mawanda blamed Katera, Kagumire and company Advocates for going ahead and auctioneering the property even though Atukunda’s lawyers warned them.

He said that he bought Atukunda’s land after Serukuma put it on the market because he is a land dealer, he paid shs6.8m.  However, Mawanda surprised the commission when he said that he doesn’t remember where he put the sales agreement because it is a long time and he left the business of court beliefs and join politics.

He told the commission that if it discovered that he fraudulently grabbed the land, let it be given back to Atukunda. The commission is still investigating the matter.

By Jamil Lutakome

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