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I Smelt A Rotten Rat In Mutungo Land Deal – Auditor General Reveals, Chief Gov’t Valuer Denies Approving Shs26bn Compensation

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The Auditor General John Muwanga (C) before the land probe

John Francis Semwezi Muwanga, the Chief Auditor General has revealed shocking evidence on the Mutungo hill transaction between the Government of Uganda and Dr. Muhammad Buwule Kasasa. Muwanga testified before the commission of inquiry into land matters that in 2006, when they were Auditing the financial statements of the ministry of Lands, he discovered that there was a lot of fraud in the purchase of 640 acres of land on Kyadondo Block 237 plot 56,59 and 29.

 “I was supposed to give an Audit Opinion on the financial statements of the Ministry of Finance but I failed to give it. I wrote to the accounting officer to give me the details of Shs1.2bn paid to two people. The details of the land transaction were missing,” Muwanga said. He said that the money was paid without the valuation report from the Chief Government Valuer yet government cannot buy land without knowing how much it costs.

 There was no land title nor transfer forms from the owner of the land. Muwanga told the commission that the accounting officer who was also the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of lands told him that the government purchased the land for security reasons and that negotiations were still ongoing. He added that by that time, government had already paid Shs186m. He reported the matter to parliament for more investigations.

 He said that again in 2007, he found out that the government had paid more money which was totaling to Shs1.1bn. He however said that to his surprise, the land that was purchased had caveats lodged on it by the family of the late George William Semanda, one of the claimants on the land. He said that he found out that the transaction agreement was done in 2008 while the land was purchased in 2002. He said that he wrote to the Attorney General and Solicitor General to find out whether they were the ones who drafted the sales agreement. He said that the Attorney General and Solicitor General’s office through Katunguka denied drafting the agreement and even gave him letters written to them by Sebalu, Lule and Company Advocates and Lukwago and Company Advocates challenging the transactions. He testified that when he wrote to Uganda lands commission, he found out that there was no land title transferred from Kasasa.  He said that he reported the matter back to parliament and in 2008, he was summoned by the Public Accounts Committee to testify against the Mutungo scandal which he did. He said that in 2008, a whistleblower came to his offices and reported to him the corruption involved in the purchasing of the Mutungo hill land. He said that after receiving the whistleblowers’ statement, he refered the matter to the Inspector General of Government for further investigation and if necessary, prosecution of the culprits involved in the Mutungo hill scandal.

 He said that unfortunately, his complaint was not handled by the Inspector General of Government up to now.  He disclosed that by that time, court had also issued an order to Uganda Land Commission to delay the removal of the caveat lodged on the land until it had determined the matter. He wondered why the Uganda Lands Commission continued to transact the land even though there was a court order.  The deputy lead counsel to the Commission asked Muwanga whether he knows the person who drafted the agreement. Muwanga admitted that it was strange and he was scared of the way the transaction was rushed. He wondered why the person who drafted the agreement indicated that the government was supposed to pay Kasasa shs2.4bn within 60 days and with a clause that if the 60 days elapse without payment, government was supposed to pay a huge bank interest rate.

 Muwanga noted that its strange because bank interests change according to the changes in the economy. He testified that he was shocked when he landed on a letter written to the permanent secretary ministry of lands from the permanent secretary ministry of finance confirming that they were ready to pay the remaining shs26bn to Kasasa. He said that the person who   drafted the agreement was putting Kasasa on the upper hand than the government.  The commission also received a testimony from Gilbert Kerimundu the chief Government valuer who denied approving Shs26bn as compensation to Kasasa. He said that in 2017, he received a letter from the office of the Attorney General through the office of the Permanent Secretary ministry of lands asking him to calculate how much money government can compensate to Kasasa. He said that he also received a letter from the president asking the ministry of lands to speed up the compensation to Kasasa.

 Kirimundu told the commission that when he calculated, Kasasa was supposed to be paid Shs7bn. He said that after approving Shs7bn, he was summoned to the Attorney General’s office and they were badly insulted by officers in the offices of Attorney General and Kasasa’s lawyers. He was tasked to explain how he calculated his shs7bn compensation because it was too little.  He said that he explained to them that he used the fixed bank interest rate instead of the lending rate. Karimundu revealed that he insisted not to change his method when calculating Kasasa’s compensation. He testified that after the meeting in the office of the Attorney General, Guster Mugoya, the lawyer to Kasasa came to his office and started insulting him. He ordered him to change the method he used to calculate Kasasa’s compensation. The commission is still investigating the matter.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Dr. Stella Nyanzi Petitions High Court To Review Her Offensive Communication Case

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Embattled Makerere University researcher fellow Dr. Stella Nyanzi has petitioned the High Court civil division in Kampala to review the proceedings of Buganda road magistrate court claiming they are biased.

Sources have confirmed that Nyanzi’s file was called by High Court after Nyanzi, through her lawyer Isaac Semakadde challenged the biased manner and procedures used by the trial Magistrate Gladys to set a date for the final ruling of Nyanzi’s case.

She further claims that the magistrate refused to summon the complainant who she offended to testify in court.   The file has not yet been allocated to a judge for review.

It should be remembered that Nyanzi applied to court to summon president Museveni to come to court and testify on how he was offended by the posts she put on her social media pages.

She also wanted court to allow her summon her witnesses through media, all her prayers were dismissed by the magistrate who set 1st August for the judgment. Nyanzi is battling with offensive communication and cyber-crime offences. 

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Ugandans Should Start Telling More Lies: Nambooze Attacks Museveni For Calling Buganda Katikkiro Mayiga A Liar

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Mukono Municipality legislator Betty Nambooze has rallied Ugandans to start telling more lies because the word has changed meaning and government officials are calling the truth lies and lies truth.

During his address to the nation yesterday evening at State House Nakasero, a furious Museveni warned Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister (Katikkiro) Charles Peter Mayiga to stop uttering nonsense concerning the registration of coffee growers.

“About the licensing of coffee, there is no license, this Katikkiro was telling lies. I sent a message to someone that this Katikkiro should stop this nonsense. He was lying, and he should stop. There is no licensing, what is happening is registering and the reason for registering is exporting,” Museveni said.

The president said that he was the one who ordered his cabinet minister of agriculture Vincent Sempijja to go and explain the Katikkiro what the government wants to achieve by registering Coffee farmers.

The president said as a cattle keeper from Ankole, he has been registered and they have their chairman.

It should be remembered that the Katikkiro, during the Buganda budget reading on Monday cautioned government the new laws which the government plans to slap on coffee growers in the country are in bad faith. It should be noted that coffee is one of the popular cash crops grown in Buganda region.  

In the same address, the president told security organs to stop arresting people for annoying him.

“I don’t mind being annoyed. I have no problem with being annoyed. That was a colonial law that I used to hear about. The bigger issue is telling lies, inciting and sedition. Those are the areas of substance that police should concentrate on,” Museveni said.

WHY ARE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS CALLING TRUTH LIES?

Mukono municipality legislator betty Nambooze Bakireke has attacked the president for calling Buganda Premier Chales Peter Mayiga a liar.

Through his Facebok page, Nambooze said, “At State House last evening Mr.Museveni called the Buganda Katikiro a lier and a perdon who speaks rubbish…. His I mention was to belittle the Katikiro for he Insisted that his interpreter Rose Namayanja gives his word their true meaning in Luganda. Mr.Museveni said that farmers are to be registered because foreign buyers if coffee want to trace the coffee bean right from the farmer…so because of this what the Katikiro is saying are lies and Nonsense!”

She adds, “In Parliament, State Minister Mutuuzo on the floor of Parliament said the same things about me… she said that I am a liar when I say that Ugandan girls in the Middle East are being enslaved. She justified her submission with telling Parliament that these girls bring in 600 million dollars in the economy annually…so because of this, I who was talking about their plight was a liar and speaking Nonsense.

I therefore wish to inform Ugandans who care for our country to start telling the lies and nonsense like the Katikiro….. The two words changed meaning, they mean to oppose policies, actions and laws that disfavor Ugandans by exchanging their rights with foreign interests.”

By Jamil Lutakome

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Don’t Be Stupid, You Are Fools To Think That Bujjingo’s Followers Will Run To Your Churches – Mirundi Blasts Pastors Kiganda And Bugembe, Reveals Shocking Information About Teddy

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Self-claimed media consultant Joseph Tamale Mirundi has blasted and warned pastors under the National Fellowship of Born-Again Pentecostal churches to stop celebrating house of prayers ministry international senior pastor Aloysius Bujjingo’s woes.

Mirundi said that born again pastors must learn that the reason why people are still at Bujjingo’s church is because of the miracles Bujjingo performs and his preaching and the day they discover that he no longer performs to their expectations, they will leave on their own.

“I was suprised to see the likes of pastor Bugembe, David Kiganda cerebrating the troubles of their fellow pastor Bujjingo stupidly, thinking that they will get his followers.  They don’t know the reasons behind Bujjingo’s problems, it’s a big scheme that can only be understood by us who eat enough food,” the celebrated political analysts stated. 

He wondered why Bishop David Kiganda sided with the mafias who want to put Bujjingo down yet he also once tested the bitterness of these mafias when he was embarrassed in public that his wife was snatched by a chapatti maker which was not true.

He insisted that the scheme to put Bugingo down was planned by mafias because of his steady progress spiritually and economically which made him a political threat to those who are fighting to succeed President Museveni.  A bitter Mirundi blasted the women who participated in the demonstration against Bujjingo saying that they were just hired as machineries to humiliate the man of God. 

He boasted that through his Mirundi Internal Security Organization (MISO), he has collected enough evidence pinning Naluswa that she was cursed by her father after conspiring with her mother to harass the old professor until he died.

The former press secretary to the president further blasted journalists who were beaten at Salt Media based home at Lugujja in Lubaga division, he branded them as machineries hired to tarnish Bujjingo’s name like they did to him during his tenure as the President’s press Secretary.

“I was accused and called all sorts of names, that man Kulubya of Bukedde even called me a mad,” a bitter Mirundi said.  The cerebrated journalist warned that if journalists don’t stop being used, the public will continue beating them up.  However, Mirundi blamed Bujjingo for miscalculating and always responding to his enemies.  He predicted that Bujjingo will not lose the battle though he must be prepared for the war if he is to decisively defeat his enemies.

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