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I Dropped Out Of School And Went To The Bush To Fighter For Freedom Now You Joking With My Sweat! – UPDF Officer Swears To Die With Land Registration Officer Over Cancellation Of His Land Title….

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Lt. Paul Bukenya

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. 

Andrew Besigye Atwine, one of the directors of Bika Associates limited

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.

BIKE ASSOCIATE BOSS WANTED

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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NRM CEC VETTING:  Babu Finally Pulls Out Of Race For Kigongo…

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Like we told you yesterday, former Kampala Central legislator Capt. Francis Babu has pulled out the race for National Resistance Movement (NRM) 1st Vice Chairperson leaving incumbent Hajji Moses Kigongo unopposed.

According to the party chairman President Museveni, Babu pulled out of the race in good faith for the interest of the party.

“Over the last few days, I have chaired the vetting meetings by the Central Executive Committee (CEC) to draft a shortlist that will be forwarded to the National Executive Committee for voting,” Museveni said.

He added, “As we conclude the process, Captain Francis Babu, one of our own long-standing cadres and a worthy contender, having expressed interest in the position of 1st Vice Chairperson and being seconded by CEC, has pulled out of the race in good faith, for the benefit of the party.”

“While I commend Capt. Babu’s exhibition of comradeship and solidarity, I congratulate all the participants in ongoing party activities. It is my pleasure to witness the hive of activity and the number of people involved in building cohesion and continuity. Long Live the National Resistance Movement,” he said.

 

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Demolishing A Church Is A Curse – Museveni Vows To Help Ndeeba Church Retain Their Land….

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On his way to work today, His Excellency, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of Uganda for the very first time visited the site of the recently demolished St Peter’s Church in Ndeeba.
The President expressed his sorrow triggered by the ugly incident, and gave the church assurances that whoever is responsible will pay a hefty price.
Museveni stressed that the resolution to order the demolition of a church was extreme, he suggested that dialogue amongst the stakeholders would have been most appropriate to resolve the matter, however much the church could have been caught on the wrong side of the law.
“Judges should have limits and understand public interest. Demolishing a church is a curse,” the president said, warning the general public against believing any false reports that the government is responsible for demolishing the said church.
Museveni revealed that he will very soon invite the Namirembe Diocese Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wilberforce Kityo Luwalira, and engage with all parties involved in this conflict to find a lasting solution.
He gave assurance that the Church will retain the disputed land at all costs, and an even better church shall be erected in the same place, publicly declaring that he has now personally involved himself in the bitter land wrangle.

 

By Baron Kironde




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Our Mass Defection Was A Collective Decision – MP Nambooze…

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Democratic Party (DP) president, Norbert Mao has assured party members that they are still standing strong even after many of their senior members defected to Kyadondo East MP, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine’s National Unity Party (NUP).

The studious politician likened DP’s current situation to a farmer who loses his crops, but remains with the seeds, hinting on replanting.

While appearing on the Frontline, a political talk show on NBS, Mao said the DP will utilise this uncertainty that has befallen their party to not only heal, but also renew and rebuild their DP house.

“DP will have to look inside itself and look for the reason as to why it has been resilient for 65 years. It is time for strategic reorientation, to look at our strengths rather than our weaknesses,” Mao said, emphasizing that they (DP) are so capable of rebuilding the party.

Mao stressed that trying times like now call for calmness, and that DP will now focus on its strengths and what has remained rather than lament on its weaknesses.

The lawyer also admitted that the MPs who defected might leave political wounds to the party, but added that they will heal and so will DP.

“They might leave scars, but they eventually heal. And gaps can always be filled. Every organization must have an inbuilt capacity to heal and renew itself.

Some people have lost both hands, but life doesn’t end there. Infact, you can find your purpose from there,” Mao said.

Betty Nambooze, one of the former key members who defected to NUP insinuated that they conveniently made the healthiest decision for them and their former party where they have been the trouble causers, adding that the transfer will now also give them an opportunity to go where they shall be utilized, because they are appreciated.

The Mukono Municipality lawmaker also revealed that their resolution to massively withdraw from DP to NUP was more collective than personal.

The outspoken journalist cum politician revealed that she could not follow her close colleague Erias Lukwago the Kampala Lord Mayor to Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) because she has never fancied being a member of the Najjanankumbi based party.

She however said that she will support Lukwago for the Kampala mayoral seat, and not NUP’s Joseph Mayanja aka Chameleon.

 

By Baron Kironde




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