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LAND PROBE: Mukula’s Wife Henchman Squeezed Over Grabbing Old Woman’s Land

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Badru Bwanika, a city businessman has been grilled by the Commission of inquiry into land matters over assisting Gladys Mukula, a wife to former health Minister Mike Mukula in grabbed land belonging to an old Woman in Makerere.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the Commission told Bwanika that acting in his capacity as Mukula’s henchman, he tormented 76-year-old Rosemary Nabukenya and forced her to vacate her land. Bamugemereire said that Bwanika used his position as Local Council 1 chairperson Makerere Kivulu to intimidate Nabukenya, “Mr. Bwanika, you are good at siding with people who have money. We have evidence that you moved with Miss Mukula because she has money and you intimidated that old woman Nabukenya, why are you harassing poor people?”

Bwanika denied moving with Mukula and said that he only met her when she came to his office with documents that he bought the land where Nabukenya’s old house sits. He said that he advised Mukula to sit down with Nabukenya and see how much money she can compensate her so that she can leave the land which is located on Kyadondo Block 9 plot 360.

Bamugemereire was not convinced with Bwanika’s testimony, she said that Bwanika even went to Court and testified against Nabukenya that she is not the owner of the land without giving her an opportunity for fair hearing has a leader. She pinned him for being a greedy person who is even under investigation by the Commission for uttering forged documents and witnessing of double land transactions in Kivulu village.

Bwanika insisted that the disputed land on Kyadondo Block 9 plot 351-360 doesn’t belong to Nabukenya but she is just a tenant.

He said that he went to Court and testified against Nabukenya in the case where she was battling with a one Bwogi. He told the Commission that he was summoned by the Court because he was the chairperson who signed on an agreement when he was purchasing the piece of land from Kesige.

Bamugemereire tasked Bwanika to prove to the Commission why he is insisting that the disputed land doesn’t belong to Nabukenya. Bwanika state that when Bwogi bought the land, she took her complaints to the area leadership that the land belonged to her. He said that Bwogi presented to him his land title and Nabukenya didn’t have any which proved to him that she was not the owner of the land.

Justice Bamugemereire presented to him all the documents showing that Nabukenya was the bonfide owner of the land. She gave him the micro films from Entebbe survey and mapping department, a document from the registration of land titles showing that in 2011 Mukula’s land title was cancelled and registered in Nabukenya’s names.

Bamugemereire also showed Bwanika documents showing that in 2016, Nabukenya’s land title was fraudulently cancelled and reinstated in Mukula’s names.  Bamugemereire wondered where a leader like Bwanika got the guts to even go to Court and testify over a matter whose history he did not understand.

She blasted him for giving wrong information to Court when he testified against Nabukenya.

Earlier, Bwanika showed the Commission plots which were allegedly grabbed by top city businessmen and powerful government officials from Nabukenya. These include Uganda Insurance Regulatory Authority Boss Kadunabi Lubega, imprisoned city businessman Kato Kajubi, John Katuramu the former Tooro Kingdom Prime Minister, Global Consultants and others.  Justice  Bamugemereire said that the Commission is going to summon all the named persons in this fraudulent land grabbing scheme. She said that the Commission has evidence that in 1970’s, a group of people lead by Dr Emmanuel Lumu the former Health Minister forcefully stole documents concerning this land from Eliyab Nsubuga and evicted him from the land.

Nabukenya testified that her mother Nalongo Nanyonga bought the land from Nsubuga but her documents were stolen by Lumu and other people when she grew old. The Commission is still investigating the matter.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Corruption Still A Big Problem But We Are Committed To Ending It – Museveni

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President Museveni (Centre) with the first Hon. lady Janet Museveni on his left and Vice president Rt Hon. Edward Ssekandi on the right

President of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has expressed big concerns over the growing levels of corruption sighting it as one of the big problems the country is facing.

Mr. Museveni was addressing a gathering that attended the Annual thanksgiving ceremony held last evening at state house Entebbe. “The major problem now is corruption and we are committed to ending it. I can guarantee you we shall defeat corruption. I recently made some announcements but will dwell more on this subject in my New Year message

With First Lady Janet, we hosted guests at State House, Entebbe for the Annual Thanksgiving ceremony, whose theme was picked from Psalms 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in Unity”.

Uganda is beginning to go over the hill after we started from a low base in 1986. We have been trying to get up the hill but with a firm foundation now, the movement uphill is faster and easier.

We now have enough electricity, better roads and general infrastructure. Bishop Joseph Abura from Karamoja testified about how easily he now gets to Kampala.

Ugandans are also working harder. For example we have had a bumper harvest and prices of foodstuffs are coming down. It will help reduce inflation too. Take maize, production has gone up to five million bags from two million bags.

I thank Dr Barry Lenhardt, the preacher, for his good message, especially praying for our country’s prosperous future. I also commend the organisers for giving this function a national character by inviting Ugandans from all parts of the country,” Mr. Museveni said.

In attendance was also the religious leaders from the different sects

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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Tycoon Kiconco Vows To fight Lusanja residents Till Death After Court Declared Eviction Illegal

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Juice Manufacturing Tycoon Medard Kiconco has vowed to fight Lusanja locals and make them vomit his land after court declared his evictions illegal.
Kiconco told the media that even though he had lost the case against Lusanja residents in the High Court, he is not going to rest until he regains his land. “I am not happy with today’s Ruling because Court told me to go back to the High Court and file my application to possess my land. I am telling you I bought the land genuinely,” Kiconco said.

He said that he used his saving to buy the land in question and rubbished allegations that he grabbed it.
While Kiconco was lamenting, Lusanja residents were chest thumping and jubilating, they swore never to leave the land now that court has supported their cause.
Samuel Kibuuka, the LC1 told journalist that they are not only going to reposes their land and build back their house which were demolished by Kiconco, they are also going to open criminal charges against him. Kibuuka said that they are going to make sure that Kiconco produces the person behind him who gives him security everytime he is evicting them. He added that many people lost their properties during the eviction, pregnant women now sleep outside in the cold, young girls were raped and other atrocities were committed by Kiconco’s men.
He asked court to heavily punish Kiconco and order him to compensate them for all the properties they lost during the eviction. “That Animal Kiconco should also be imprisoned, the man has a lot of impunity, maybe he has big people behind him who he must produce,” Kibuuka said. Abdullah Kiwanuka, one of the lawyers representing Lusanja residents revealed that since Court declared that the eviction was illegally carried out, they are going to file fresh Court suit against Kiconco to force him to compensate their client. High Court Judge John Keitirima ruled that Nabweru chief Magistrate Rebecca Nasambu errored when he issued an order order on Block 206 plot 671 Kyadondo, which is not in her jurisdiction.
The judge said that he failed to determine whether Nasambu evaluated the properties on the land as a magistrate . He wondered why the magistrate failed to honour the Chief Justice’s orders against Magistrate to first visit the locus before issuing an order. He said that if Nasambu had visited the locus, she would have discovered that the land has a lot of people on it, who were going to be affected by her decision.
The judge also noted that Kiconco did not serve the residents he was going to evict, he wondered how a landlord like Kiconco could fail to serve the area chairperson because he did not know the right one. The judge finally declared the entire process illegal.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Kyambogo University Graduation Ends Today

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Kyambogo graduads pose for a photo

The Kyambogo University is slated to graduate the last batch of students at the main campus in Nakawa division Kampala district with the graduation which started on Wednesday ending today with students from faculty of education, science and engineering slated to graduate.

The vice chancellor of the university Prof Eli Katunguka said that the transcripts and certificates for students are ready and students can start picking them starting next week and he also said that only those who have cleared their dues with the university are the only ones who will receive their papers.

The three days celebration has seen the university graduate over 8,000 students from various disciplines. Kyambogo University is today slated to graduate the last batch of students from the university campus in Nakawa division.

The three day graduation ceremony will see over 8,000 students graduate from various programs. With the Prof Katunguka explaining that the number of graduads increased from 7,000 to 8000 due to the addendum list and university has graduated 500 students with first class degrees with majority of them coming from vocational studies.

By Remmy Atugonza

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