A retired Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) Lieutenant has sent a serious warning to Robert Opio, the commissioner land registration in Uganda Land Commission over the cancellation of his land title in Wakiso district.
Lt. Paul Bukenya said that he is not going to fold his hands and look on while people who don’t own a land title in their family play with his hard-earned wealth.
“I got that land title eleven years back, now Opio comes with his stories that he has canceled it, on what basis? He is just joking, I dropped out of school in senior six go to the bush to fighter for freedom now you joking with my sweat! I will never accept such fraud,” Bukenya vowed.
He told the commission of inquiry into land matters that he fulfilled all the requirements to get that land title and it was Sarah Kurata, the former commissioner land registration who approved the issuing of his title after verifying all his documents. He attacked the land registrar for conniving with land brokers to defraud with the intention of grabbing people’s land titles upon receiving bribes.
He cited Wakiso district land office where security personnel’s block people from accessing the registrar’s office but allow brokers who ask people for bribes if they want to see the land registrars or process their land titles.
Bukenya also told the commission that land registrars have opened up a broker’s office at Namaganda plaza in the city where their agent, a one Ali Kayima solicits bribes from people who want to process their land titles.
Bukenya revealed that it was Kayima who fraudulently connived with land title registrars to issue another land title on top of his in the names of Sam Kironde. However, the commission’s lead counsel Ebert Byenkya told him that Opio testified before the commission that he cancelled his land title on 22 October 2019 after he discovered that he obtained it fraudulently without following the proper legal procedure.
Byenkya further told Bukenya that Opio testified before the commission that he cancelled the land title after getting advice from the Attorney General that the land title was fraudulently obtained with a mission to swindle the government over shs8bn.
Byenkya attacked Bukenya of masquerading as a family member of the late Alexander Gabunga, the first owner of the land yet he was not. Byenkya said that there was connivance between him, officers from the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development, officers in the Ministry of Finance and officers from Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA) to fraudulently process the land title after landing on an advert in the news where UFZA was looking for land in that area.
In his defense, Bukenya told the commission that after buying the 102 acres of land at Shs102m from the Galiwango family, he asked his fellow retired UPDF captain Dick Lutaya to give him some money to buy another piece of land on Busiro Block 535 plot 584 Zika Kasanje Wakiso district.
He admitted that in 2018, he escorted Galiwango’s family members led by the widow Marida Nambwere, her daughters Cissy Nakazi and Esther Nankya Namirembe to the administrator general’s office to do a follow up on their land title. He admitted that he did so because he had interest in the land and he wanted the process to be quickened. He also admitted that he was paid shs8bn by UFZA after selling to them over 300 acres of land, he testified that on that payment, he got Shs1bn, Shs1.34bn was paid to ‘bibanja’ holders who were 68 in number, 28 ‘bibanja’ owners were not paid and the remaining money (Shs 5.66bn) was taken by his lawyers of Katende Ssempebwa and company Advocates.
Justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission told Bukenya that he is a land speculator who bought the land after knowing that government was looking for land in that place. She reminded him of when he was paid over shs5bn from UNRA during the construction of Entebbe express highway.
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On the same matter, Justice Bamugemereire ordered the arrest of Andrew Besigye Atwine, one of the directors of Bika Associates limited, a real estate and broker company based in Nasana for failing to explain how he was paid Shs1bn in this deal.
Besigye lied to the commission that he was paid by Katende Ssempebwa and company advocates yet the commission has evidence that he was paid by some officers in the Ministry of Finance whom he connived with to defraud the government.
State Minister for Finance petitioned the commission to investigate how the government lost over shs8bn in a fraudulent land transaction when the government wanted to establish an investment center.
The commission is still investigating the matter.
By Jamil Lutakome
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The Government of Uganda through the Attorney General (AG) has defended the actions of President Yoweri Museveni to appoint the new deputy Governor Bank of Uganda, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Commissioner General Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Commissioner General of prisons and his deputy during COVID19 lockdown in the East African courts of justice.
In his response to the suit filed by city lawyer Hassan Male Mabirizi, the Attorney General denied all the accusations and asked that the suit be dismissed with costs.
In his suit, Mabirizi claims that it was illegal for the president to appoint Jane Frances Abodo as the DPP when she is a judge at the High Court.
He protested that the appointment of Abodo will create unfairness against the accused because she knows all the judges and can easily access them something the accused cannot do.
Mabirizi further protested that by the time Abodo appointed the DPP, she was under the Judicial Service Commission yet the law is very clear that for a person to be appointed as DPP, they must be recommended by public service commission. He wants the regional court to declare that Abodo was illegally appointed.
The controversial lawyer also protested that the appointment of John Musinguzi as the new URA Commissioner General was illegal since his name was not recommended by the board to the president as required by law.
He also objected the appointment of the Commissioner General of prison Dr. Johnson Byabashaija and his deputy James Mwanje, the appointment of Dr. Michael Antingi Ego and the deputy Governor Bank of Uganda by the president during the COVID19 lockdown arguing that Ugandans were denied their right and opportunity to raise their complaints against the newly appointed public officials before being approved by parliament.
He asserted that because Ugandans were not allowed to move during the lockdown, when he attempted to go to parliament to raise his complaint against one of the appointees, he was seriously clobbered by security operatives in uniform at Wandegeya a Kampala suburb.
He added that he tried again to challenge the legal declaration of the lockdown without a legal statuary instrument signed by the Minister of Health but his case was removed from the court records on orders of Dr. Andrew Byabashaija the head of High Court Civil Division which was also illegal.
In their defense, the Attorney General insisted that the president has powers to appoint a person to hold or act in any office in the public service of Uganda at the rank of head of department or above including their removal.
He insisted that Abodo was appointed by the president on the recommendations of the public service commission and with the approval of the parliament. He told court that the person is not qualified to be appointed DPP unless he or she is qualified to be appointed a judge of the High Court.
While defending security forces for stopping Mabirizi, the AG argued that the function of the security forces is to cooperate with the civilian authorities in emergency situations and by stopping Mabirizi, they were implementing the presidential directives against COVID19.
He told court that the President issued the directives to control the spread of COVID19 under the statutory instrument issued by the health minister under the public health Act.
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We Have Not Sent You: Buganda Youths Warn Promoter Abtex On Leading Demo To Gashumba’s Home Over Attack On Katikkiro Mayiga ….
Buganda youth under their umbrella ‘Bazzukulu ba Buganda international’ have warned events promoter Abbey Musinguzi alias Abtex on his planned move to demonstrate at the home of city businessman Frank Gashumba over his misunderstanding with Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga.
Speaking to his fellow Bazzukulu at Mengo, Kasolo Walusimbi, the chairperson of the association said that they will not accept non Baganda to be used by some kingdom officials to use Buganda Kingdom name to fight their personal battles.
He challenged Musinguzi to reveal the names of Baganda who asked him to fight on their behalf.
“We are tired of people who are facilitated by our oppressors to frustrate Buganda interests, we don’t agree with the way Gashumba responded to Katikiiro because he is a leader of the kingdom but we also condemn the way the Katikkiro attacks and embarrass Kabaka’s subjects publicly,” Kasolo said.
He further revealed that the reason why Musinguzi is fighting for Mayiga is he wants to be given back the contracts to organize the kingdom’s festivals like Enkuuka and Masaza cup tournament which were given to National Resistance Movement (NRM) party mobiliser Balaam Barugahara.
Kasolo added that the people of Buganda have suffered because of strange agreements signed between Mayiga’s administration and the central government without thorough consultation from Buganda people.
When contacted, Abtex rubbished Kasolo’s allegations adding that he is no longer interested in organizing Buganda festivals.
He said that since he is a Munyankole living in Buganda, he is grateful with Buganda hospitality and he cannot just sit down and look on when the likes of Gashumba are humiliating the kingdom’s administrators.
He declared a war on Gashumba to put him to order.
He revealed that preparations are in high gear to storm Gashumba’s home this Wednesday.
He boasted that he has worked so much for Buganda unlike people like Kasolo who want to make a name for themselves by attacking him.
By Sengooba Alirabaki
Fire Guts Ntare School Headteacher’s House, Destroys Car…
Mbarara police is investigating the cause of fire that gutted the house of the Ntare School headteacher, Mr Jimmy Turyagyenda, destroying his car.
There was a fire outbreak in the school at the headmaster’s residence.
Rwizi region police spokesperson Samson Kasasira said that the head teacher’s vehicle, a Toyota corolla, which was in the garage that is connected to main house and other household property was destroyed in the fire which started at around 2pm on Saturday, May 23.
The Mbarara fire team put out the fire that had gutted the garage that is connected to main house.
Cause of the fire is suspected electric short circuiting from the car battery.
Mr. Kasasira said police preliminary findings indicate that the fire could have started from electric short circuit in the garage connected to the kitchen.
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