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I FACILITATED MUSEVENI WITH GUNS: Top Ankole Prince Boasts As He Is Grilled By Bamugemereire For Grabbing 3 Square Miles Of Land In Kyankwazi

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Prince Andrew Tendo, a top Royal member of the defunct Ankole kingdom has been grilled for grabbing 3 square miles of land in Kyankwanzi district.  Tendo testified before the commission of inquiry into land matters that his father Reverend Sam Muchokoleza of Rusherere, Kiruhura district was among the last respected royals in Ankole before abolished.  As he was bragging, the Commission’s deputy lead Counsel John Bosco Suuza asked him to show documentary evidence that he legally owns the 3 square miles of land on Ssingo block 812 plot 25 which cover three villages of Mbogobiiri, Kasambya and Bugondi in Kyankwazi district.

Instead of answering the questions, Tendo tasked his cousin brother, a one Sunday Kayitambogo to answer for him the questions because he is his manager and has the right anwers on the issue.  He was advised by Suuza that since he is the one who swore as a witness and took to the witness stand, he was the one to answer the questions not Kayitambogo.

When he realized that he was cornered, he gave an excuse that he spent much of his time in exile in Kenya after surviving being arrested by Milton Obote government in 1981. He said that he was the chief solicitor of guns and other war logistics to facilitates the NRA war struggle in 1980’s, he further revealed to the commission his legacy in struggles and he bragged that he liberated Uganda from dictatorial regimes since he was a powerful fighter in FRONASA.  He further asked the commission to allow him read for them his written statement on the claims put to him that he has been using president Yoweri Museveni’s name and UPDF soldier’s to grab land Kyankwanzi.

At this time justice Bamugemereire intervened and ordered Tendo to follow the commission’s orders by answering all questions asked by the lead counsel.

He testified that  when he came back to Uganda in 1986, he went to the Uganda land Commission and asked them to get for him a big piece of land where he can establish his maize milling factory.  He said that he was advised to look for the land and in 1987, his two friends George William Lubega and Sekitoleko tipped him that there was vacant land along River Mbongo in Kyankwanzi.  He said that he got Andrew Kityo, a surveyor who inspected the land and by then, though it was a  forest, it was very fertile for growing maize on a large scale.  He said that he went back to the Uganda land commission and applied for four square miles of land but Kiboga district land board only approved 2 square miles which he protested.

He testified that the lands minister by then ordered Kiboga district land board to give him four square miles because he was looking for a big chunk of land for his business. He said that Kiboga district land board only approved 3 square miles and he and accepted to take that.  He said that in 1992, he was awarded a lease of five years from Uganda lands commission with strict conditions of developing the land by that period. He said that when his lease expired in 1997, he went back to Uganda land Commission and asked for a bigger period of 45 years . He further testified that he wanted to mortgage the land in the bank so that he can get money to start his dream business since he did not have money to start. He said that all the banks he went for a loan asked him for a land title with a bigger lease period because he wanted a lot of money.

He said that the commission refused to extend his lease from that period until 2010.

Bamugemereire asked Tendo to show documentary evidence that he asked for an extension of his lease. He started checking in his file as he pleaded that the Commission should first give him documents which he gave to them. Bamugemereire then told him that he was not prepared and ordered him to come back on Wednesday when he is prepared.  A witness testified that Tendo is being used by lands senior minister Betty Amongi to write letters ordering security organs to provide security to Tendo to open boundaries on the disputed land which has locals already settled on it.

He said that in Amongi’s letter, she told residents to cooperate properly with Tendo and see how they can stay together on the land.  During the forceful opening of boundaries, people were shot, teargassed and brutally arrested. Amongi was accused that she first wrote to security agents telling them not to allow any body to open boundaries until the ministry had finalized with its investigations and discovered the true owner of the land.  The witness alleges that Amongi quickly changed her first letter after meeting Tendo. The commission is still investigating the matter.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Police Extends Zaake’s Criminal Summons After He Fails To Turn UP.

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Police at the Crime Investigations Department (CID) Kibuli has today extended the criminal summons of Mityana Municipality MP Hon. Francis Zaake Butebi after his lawyer Nicolas Opiyo informed them that his health condition was still poor and he couldn’t make it.

Counsel Nicolas Opiyo told this website that police had accepted the terms and agreed to extend his criminal summons to the 3rd of December.

Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake told this website on Sunday that he had been summoned to appear before the police’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters in Kibuli on Wednesday to be questioned on possible charges of escaping from police custody and treason.

Mr. Zaake further told this website that he had received the summons and would turn up for questioning. He however, described the act of the police as “reckless and traumatising” because he was still recovering from “physical and psychological wounds” that he suffered during the chaos that happened in the lead up to the Arua Municipality by-election in August.

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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REVEALED: How NRM Mobiliser Maama Kisanja Connived With Senior Lands Officials To Grab Land From A Full Village

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Luella Ataro being grilled by the commission

The Commission of inquiry into land matters has unearthed how a racket of ministry of lands officers connived with NRM mobilizer Peninah Kalenge Busingye alias Maama Kisanja and her daughter Natasha Kalenge to grab villages in Namavundu sub county Wakiso District.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the Commission revealed that the Commission has established that the entire fraudulent transaction of the land was masterminded by senior officers in the ministry of lands.

She wondered how the entire process was worked on during the festive season of 2016. She gave an example that on 29th December 2016, the senior Registrar land registration Luella Ataro approved to the Commissioner land Registration to issue a special certificate of land title to Peninah Kalenge without making due diligence.

Bamugemereire added that in the same period, Ataro sent request to Dr. Joseph Batume, the Wakiso District staff surveyor for a deep plan on the controversial land and asked him to issue instruction to survey the land.  She disclosed that Batume immediately responded to all the requests without ascertaining them. She further revealed that Ataro also didn’t follow the normal procedure that when someone applies for special certificate of the land title, the registrar has to wait for 30 days after an announcement is done in the national gazette.

She said that within five days, before Ataro received the application for the special certificate of the land title, it was already issued in the names of Peninah Kalenge. She showed Ataro an application made by Natasha and her mother which read that the land title was misplaced and they needed a special certificate of the land title for the immediate transaction on the land.

She said that Ataro, Batume and Venansio Ajero, the Wakiso District cartographer were the beneficiaries of the Shs4.7bn Natasha allegedly used in the process of obtaining the title fraudulently.

Bamugemereire was supported by Ebert Byenkya, the Commission’s lead Counsel who revealed that immediately after issuing the special certificate of land title, sub divisions were done and over 60 other land titles were fraudulently created.

He said that Ataro also issued a special certificate of the land title well knowing that all the plots which were created in 1999 on the mother certificate of the land title were made in handwriting.

He added that Ataro headed the entire scum from the Ministry. After reporting the loss of the certificate of the mother title; fraudulent plots were created in the kalamazu when they were not indicated in the title made in 1999.

He said that the new plots created by Ataro were measuring over 184 hectares in the names of Kalenge. In her defense, Ataro told the Commission that she was not aware of the scum and she got to know about it last week when she met Natasha. She said that Natasha told her that the special certificate of the land title she processed for her had problems.

Commissioner Mary Ochan asked her to tell the Commission where she met Natasha and what they were planning to do.

Ataro said she found Natasha in the office of Vaniey Lutaaya, a government surveyor.  She said that on 29th December 2016, the date she issued a new special certificate of the land title to Kalenge, she was in office on orders of the permanent secretary Ministry of lands and whatever she implemented, she was following the information given to her by Wakiso District land office.

On the issue of not following the 30 days announcement in the gazette, she said that it was an oversight and asked for forgiveness. She told the Commission that her powers in the land registration department in the ministry of lands were reduced from approving the issuing of land titles and now she is only handling the Complaints desk in the department.

Commissioner Robert Ssebunya told her that she masterminded the whole scum and put the suffering of poor Ugandans on her. Ataro told the Commission that she is going to write to the Commission land registration to cancel the certificate of the land title because it was issued fraudulently.

She said that she is going to tender in her letter tomorrow Wednesday and she will copy in the Commission to fulfill her commitment.  Justice Bamugemereire also ordered Ataro to bring to the Commission her passport.  The Commission also grilled Wakiso District staff surveyor Joseph Batume who issued the instruction to survey the land which does not exist.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Supreme Court Sets Date To Determine Speaker Kadaga’s Fate Over Age-Limit Removal

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The Supreme Court has set the date to hear an application filed by City Lawyer Male Mabirizi seeking Court to order Rebecca Kadaga the speaker of parliament  to appear before the Court for cross-examination.

According to the statement issued by Opefeni Ogwadiya, the registrar supreme Court, the seven justices are set to kick off the hearing on 12th December 2018.  In his application, Mabirizi challenges the decision of the five justices of the Constitutional Court headed by Alfonso Owinyi Dolo who reject his application for Kadaga to appear before the Court for cross examination.

He stated that during conferencing on the matter in the court of appeal, he asked Dolo, who was chairing the process that he wanted Kadaga to appear in the dock. He further stated that Kaahwa Christine the acting Director for civil litigation in the chambers of the Attorney General told Dolo to give him more time to file the affidavit of the speaker who was out of the country.

Mabirizi said that with such submission, he thinks that the court was going to allow him crossexamine Kadaga because she was at the center of controversy which Dolo rejected.  He said that he was only served with affidavits of Jane Kibirige the clerk to parliament, UPDF commander Gen David Muhoozi and Keith Muhakanizi, the secretary to the treasury.

“That consequently, before hearing of the Constitutional petition, intended to examine the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga so that the court can be able to ascertain her true role in the entire process relating the constitutional amendment Act 2 of 2017,” Mabirizi stated. The court will first hear this application before the main appeal in January 2017.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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