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Land Probe Investigators Receiving Death Threats After Investigating MP Balyeku’s Land In Jinja, Lands Minister Amongi Grilled Again

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Justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission of inquiry into land matters has revealed that her investigators are living in fear after investigating Jinja Municipality West legislator Moses Grace Balyeku’s land on plot 24b Kyabazinga way Nalufenya.

Bamugemereire told senior lands minister Betty Amongi that most of her investigators who are investigating the matter frequently report to her that they are receiving death threats from unknown people.

“Most of our investigators are in hiding because of this matter. They are receiving threats from different people, witnesses are also in fear and many were warned before appearing here,” a furious Bamugemereire said. A number of witnesses on this matter like Aisha Kabira Kalikumutima, the Jinja district land registrar told the commission that she was intimidated and threatened by MP Balyeku and it’s the reason why she approved the issuing of the land title.

She revealed that their investigations revealed that the entire transaction was illegal and fraudulent.  It should be noted that the 11 acres of land in question were registered in the names of Thummer Jay Mangalal Patel but MP Balyeku testified and admitted before the commission that he had interest in the land and the reason why he decided to register it in Patel’s names was because he wanted to avoid some nosy politicians in the region.

Thummer Jay Mangalal Patel told the commission that he was not aware that the land was registered in his name because he had no interest in the land. Balyeku testified that he wanted to establish Kyabazinga Shopping mall on the land. However, Harshad Barot, the owner of Tirupati Mazima mall told the commission that he owned the said land. Barot testified that he got a 20-year lease from Jinja municipality and it was still running before it was fraudulently registered into Patel’s names in 2018. It should be noted that Balyeku first dodged the commission summons until Bamugemereire threatened to issue arresting warrant against him.

LANDS MINISTER AMONGI GRILLED

The commission also grilled senior lands minister Betty Amongi for using her office to influence Balyeku’s fraudulent transaction on the contested land. Deputy lead counsel John Bosco Suuza told her that Jinja District land registrar Kalikumutima told the commission that she frequently called her and forced her to speed up the process of issuing a land title something that was unacceptable. He further said that Amongi also wrote to Jinja Municipality council pressurizing the councilors to quickly approve the land.

In her defense, Amongi told the commission that she received a letter from Evelyne Anite, the state minister for investment requesting her to find land around Jinja Municipality for investor Patel. She admitted that it is true she wrote to Jinja municipality council because cabinet issued a resolution that if an investor wanted land, it must be given to him within three months.  She wondered why the land which she thought was for an investor is owned by MP Balyeku. She added that whoever masterminded this fraudulent transaction should be punished. 

SPEAKER KADAGA DRAGGED IN THE FRAUDULENT TRANSACTION

The Speaker of parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has also been dragged in the fraudulent transaction of land in Nalufenya Jinja Municipality. Morison Moses Bizitu, the Jinja municipality Speaker told the commission  that he received a letter from Kadaga asking him for permission to open up the boundaries of her land on Kyabazinga way from plot 1-15. However, the commission’s deputy lead counsel John Bosco Suuza tasked him to bring evidence that the letter was written by Kadaga. Suuza said that he couldn’t believe that the speaker can write a letter with poor English and spellings.

He quizzed Bizito to tell the commission whether he saw the land title registered in Kadaga’s names. Bizito admitted that he never saw the said land title. Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the commission said that the commission is going to investigate the said letter because it looks to be forged.

The commission is still investigating the matter.

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I Swear Upon God It Wasn’t Me: Saleh Distances Himself From Ndeeba Church Demolition Before Kazimba…

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Gen. Salim Saleh, the coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) has distanced himself from the demolition of St Peters Church Ndeeba in Kampala.

There were media reports that had started linking Saleh as the invisible hand funding Dodoviko Mwanje, the man who facilitated the demolition of the church.

While addressing the House of Bishops led by Archbishop Stephen Kazimba at Kawanda Research Institute, Saleh said that he was saddened by allegations that he was behind the extinction of the church.

“I’m (always) here in Kapeeka, I haven’t got time to respond, I’m hearing Saleh you are grabbing land, am I a mad person to grab a church? So for that matter, I want to swear before you the Bishops and Archbishop that in the name of God I’m not involved in that church demolition issues,” Saleh assured the House of Bishops from the Anglican faith on Wednesday.

 

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Tumukunde Officially Kicks Off His Race To State House, Launches Presidential Bid…

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Former Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) senior military officer and presidential aspirant, Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde has today officially unveiled his presidential bid at Kololo, as he prepares to face his former boss and bush war comrade, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in the forthcoming 2021 general elections.

Gen. Tumukunde who arrived at his Kololo based offices at 10am was welcomed by his wife and other politicians from different parts of the country also launched his pressure group ‘Kisoboka’, which directly translates to “it’s possible”.  The retired general who will stand on an independent card will now ride his presidential ambitions under the slogan, “A renewed Uganda, It is possible,” and will be identified by the colour orange.

Led by Hon. Beatrice Kiraso, Chairman bodaboda Association of Uganda, Charles Ndugwa, business community led by Frank Gashumba, lawyers, among other dignitaries from all corners of the country were present at the function.

Gen Tumukunde earlier this week revealed that he has in the previous weeks been soaked in activities purposed to build solid structures and systems that will aid his campaign thrive once he embarks on the race to persuade voters.

“I don’t know how quiet I have been but I believe in having networks and sorting out links to people from whom you expect votes. So I don’t know if that is being very quiet,” the soft spoken General argued.

On voluntarily retiring from his position as senior military officer on 3rd/May/2020. The former spy chief right then declared his ambition to preside over Uganda, and vowed to contest and defeat the incumbent President Museveni in the 2021 elections.

 

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I Want To Look At Bobi’s Academic Papers, Someone Born In  1982 Cannot Join Primary One At Two Years Of Age! – Mabirizi Questions EC Over Kyagulanyi Nomination…

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Contentious city lawyer, Male Mabirizi has petitioned the Electoral Commission to avail him with the academic documents of Kyadondo East Member of Parliament (MP) and National Unity Platform (NUP) leader, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine.

On Tuesday, The EC announced that Kyagulanyi was among 8 other candidates picked nomination forms to stand for presidency, taking the total number of applicants to 19, after 10 others collected theirs on Monday.

In a petition dated 10th/August/2020, Mabirizi wrote to the Electoral Commission secretary requesting for certified copies of Kyagulanyi’s nomination academic papers for the Kyadondo East by-election, in which the latter eventually emerged victorious.

The introductory part of the petition read; “I address you in my capacity as a civically active Uganda well aware of your constitutional duty as elaborated under Article 61(1)(d) of the Constitution to organize, conduct and supervise elections and referenda in Uganda and you indeed held a bye-election in Kyadondo East bye-election where Robert Kyagulanyi participated as a candidate and declared winner and now a sitting Member of Parliament.”

The lawyer noted that section 4(3)( C) of the Parliamentary Elections Act ,2005 provides that a person is only qualified to be an MP if that person has completed a minimum formal education of at least Advanced level standard or its equivalent of the Ugandan Education system, a fact he says he wants to prove.

Mabirizi persisted that the EC must have therefore have been availed with his academic documents to prove Kyagulanyi completed the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education or its equivalent before nominating him. Mabirizi now demands to have a look at the NUP leader’s papers.

“The required documents are required to satisfy my doubts that the said Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu possesses the said qualifications given that as per his details via the parliamentary website, he was born in 1982 and sat A- level in 1998. Implying that if the birth year is true, he sat A-level at 16 years, O-level at 13 years PLE at nine years and joined primary one at two years,” Mabirizi insinuated.

The lawyer insisted that his doubts can only be satisfied by looking at the academic documents tendered to the Electoral Commission in 2017 at nomination prior to the Kyadondo East by-election.

Robert Kyagulanyi is currently legally battling allegations of illegally obtaining, taking over and changing the National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party (NURP) into the National Unity Platform and later assuming it’s presidency.

The provocative lawyer has in the past been notably known to contentiously dare the head of state, the state itself and various state officials to legal battles in the courts of law. And for a traditional Muganda man who has petitioned his cultural leader before, Mabirizi’s latest move is significantly so typical of him. For many however, mostly Kyagulanyi’s fanatics have deemed his action as an attempt to seek relevance to shelter his ambitious political career, on a hint that he could vie for the upcoming 2021 general election.

 

By Baron Kironde




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