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Minister Amongi, MP Balyeku In Trouble Over Dubious Transactions: Both Legislators Cited In Shs2bn Forgery

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Lands senior Minister Betty Amongi and Jinja Municipality East Member of Parliament (MP) Moses Balyeku are in trouble after being accused of masterminding the dubious land transaction in Jinja where an investor was defrauded of over shs2bn.
Aisha Kabira Kalikumutima, the Jinja district land registrar testified before the commission of inquiry into land matters that sits in Kampala that Balyeku and minister Amongi forced her to issue a land title to Thummer Jay Mangalal Patel, an Indian investor fraudulently.
“My Lord, there was a lot of pressure on that file, people were always coming to my office asking me to immediately issue the land title. They threatened me that if I didn’t, it will look like I was fighting Honorable Balyeku who was pushing the transfer of the land in Patel’s favor and I did as he requested. I didn’t follow the necessary procedures to issue a land title because even the lands senior minister Amongi frequently phoned me asking me how far I had reached on issuing a land title,” Kabira said.
She told the commission that before issuing the land title, she come to Kampala and explained to his boss the commissioner land title registration Robert Opio about the situation she was going through.
She narrated that she decided to meet Opio because she was confused after receiving a warning from the Jinja District land board chairperson not to process the land title. Kabira said that Opio told her to leave the file with him, within a few minutes after giving the file to Opio, Amongi rang her and instructed her to take the file to her office. She told her that the file was with Opio.
She added that when she reached her office in Jinja, MP Balyeko was already waiting for her. He gave her a letter instructing her to quickly give the investor his free hold land title.
John Bosco Suuza, the deputy lead counsel of the commission told Kabira that she is responsible for the entire fraud because being the technical officer to the district land department in Jinja, she was supposed to advise the minister when she was pressurizing her to issue the land title to the investor.
Kabira wept and accepted her mistake saying that the process that was supposed to take between two to three months took only three weeks and the land title was issued to Patel.

MINISTER AMONGI, BALYEKU CITED IN FORGERY
Jofrey Wadhuuba the deputy town Clark Jinja Municipality told the commission that his signature was forged by the beneficiaries of this fraud who included minister Amongi and MP Balyeku.
“This is not my signature, in the last ten years, I have been signing with original blue ink not this,” Wadhuuba insisted.
He testified that as Jinja municipality, they have never okayed any transaction involving 13 acres of land on plot 4b Nalufenya Kyabazinga way to Patel because the Municipality already had an agreement with Harshad Barot the owner Tulipati Mazima mall in Jinja municipality.
He told the commission that in 2008, they entered a transaction where Barot was leased the land for 25 years with a condition to extend it to 99 years after the lease expired. Barot told the commission that he paid shs55m as a premium fee and he was supposed to pay ground rent of shs5m per year. He narrated that his plans were to develop the land and he spent Shs1.5bn before Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) stopped him from developing the land because part of it was going to be affected during the construction of the new Nile Bridge.
He added that when he was told that the land was given to Patel, he was forced to petition the commission. Justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission noted that there was a lot of fraud in this transaction. She wondered a one Yahaya Kisakye obtained a free hold land title in 2017 without the consent of Jinja Municipality council the owners of the land.
She said that the commission is investigating MP Balyeku after getting information that he has been moving with army men threatening people over land and it might be the reason why Kabira was forced to issue a land title to Patel in his favor.
Commissioner George Bagonza revealed that it’s unbelievable that even Patel was defrauded Shs2bn even before he accessed the land on forged documents.
The commission is still investigating the matter.

By Jamil Lutakome

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I Have Been Forging Documents Since My Childhood: Former URA Staff Boasts Before Bamugemereire

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Semanda before the land probe

Former Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) staff Steven Semanda boasted before Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s land probe that he has been a forgery expert since his childhood.

Semanda testified that he has on several occasions been charged in different courts and recorded a number of police statements on uttering forged documents.

“Yes, it’s true I have been making a lot of forgeries but much of the time it’s my friends who ask me to forge documents for them. My Lord, I also don’t want be named to be in such things,” Semanda said. He told the commission that the evil of uttering forged documents started when he was still a young man.

“It was foolish but I forged my father’s signature and withdrew his money from his bank account,” Semanda added. Justice Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission asked him whether he was the one behind the forging of documents indicating that the 28 acres of land in Kitezi were owned by his brother Charles Mulinde.

Bamugemereire cited the testimony of Mulinde who told the commission that he never owned the contested land but one day, he received a phone call from Semanda asking him to meet and sign certain documents for him. Mulinde said that it was his other brother Apollo Lumu who stopped him from signing the said documents because he (Semanda) was targeting their father’s estate.  Mulinde further told the commission that Semanda was fired from URA after forging documents and embezzling a lot of money.

Semanda admitted that he forged the said documents but clarified that he did it under pressure from his brother Lumu who wanted to own their father’s land saying their elder brothers were not serious.  He denied proceeding with the process because his elder brother Dr. Fred Kambugu warned him to stop forging documents with the aim of stealing their family’s land.

Dr. Kambugu, the Kampala skin clinic boss ran to the commission claiming that there are people who fraudulently grabbed their father’s estate including their family members.

The commission is still investigating the matter.

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Mafias Chased Us From Government, They Are Now Killing Themselves With Their Guns Over Money And Power – Mirundi…

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President Museveni’s former press secretary Joseph Tamale Mirundi has revealed that there are many signs showing that the mafias in president Museveni’s government are fighting each other over money and power.

“You know we intellectuals have information that mafias are fighting each other that is why dead bodies are now being thrown on the streets. Mafias here are very deadly and I’m telling you Uganda will end up like Somalia, they are going to kill themselves,” Mirundi, who was hosted on Pearl FM radio on Saturday said.

He noted that the mafias in Museveni’s government first fought and chased all the people who were loyal to Museveni under the guise of preventing them from stealing tax payers money. Mirundi said that by the time Museveni supporters like him, Ministry of Education Permanent Secretary Asuman Lukwago were kicked out, the mafias were working together.

Mirundi however said that their tormenters have now developed misunderstanding over money and power that’s why they are fighting each other.

The self-claimed media consultant and private investigator further revealed that the mafias in government have guns which they are using now to kill themselves, he gave an example of the gruesome murder of Joshua Nteyireho Ruhegyera and Mary Tumukunde who were gunned down on Entebbe express highway. Mirundi rubbished the arrests made by Uganda police and other security agencies over the current string of murders and kidnaps adding that the arrested suspects never committed these crimes.

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I WANT HER TO VOMIT MY LAND: Mulago Hospital Doctor Drags Former Minister Maria Kiwanuka To Land Probe For Grabbing Her 9 Acres Of Land In Munyonyo…

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L-R: Nabukeera and former minister Maria Kiwanuka

The troubles befalling former finance minister who is also the general manager of Radio one, Akaboozi kubiiri Maria Rhoda Nabasirye Kiwanuka keep pilling each day.

A senior Mulago hospital doctor has now dragged her to the commission of inquiry into land matters for grabbing their 9 acres of land in Munyonyo Kampala.  Rhone Irene Lubega Nabukeera testified before the commission of inquiry into land matters that her father the late Solomon Lubega Byatike Matovu (60) bought 9 acres of land on Kyadondo Block 257 plot 5 from prince Alfred Kigaala, a son to fallen Buganda King, Sir Daudi Chwa in 1964.

“According to the agreement we found at the department of mapping and surveying in Entebbe, our father fully paid the money for the land and lodged a caveat on it to stop unscrupulous people from selling it again, unfortunately, he died before transferring the land into his names,” Nabukeera said.

She told the commission that as a family, they knew that their father left land in Munyonyo but they did not have the documentations until 2006 when a one Yusuf Mukasa, a friend to their late father brought to them the documents.

She said that they went to the registrar of land titles in the Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development to find out the status of their late father’s land. She narrated that at the ministry of lands, they were told that the ministry cannot locate their land because it was still in folios even though it was still caveated. They further advised them to consult Entebbe department of mapping and surveying.

She testified that at Entebbe, they carried out an investigation and found out that their land was subdivided was currently on Kyadondo Block 257 plot 5 and 433. Their findings further revealed that the land was registered in the names of Ambrose Wafumba in 1975.

Nabukeera with her lawyer before the commission

They further discovered that the land was transferred from Wafumba and registered in Alima investments Uganda limited which is owned by Maria Nabasirye Kiwana  Kiwanuka, Margate Kiwana, Nakato Mbekeka, Margate Ndibalekera and Janet Nkabidwa, the shareholders of Alima investments. She revealed that efforts to speak to the owners of Alima investments limited were futile and they decided to use legal means. However, every lawyer they approach for assistance abandoned them. Nabukeera revealed that they discovered that there was an invisible hand influencing lawyers to abandon them.

However, Nabukeera found a tough time when commissioner Dr. Rose Nakayi, a Makerere University law don tasked her to present evidence that the land in question was sold to her father.

Nakayi, basing on the documents before the commission told Nabukeera that the land was owned by King Daudi Chwa on behalf of Buganda so his son Kigaala had no powers to sell it.

In response, Nabukeera insisted that the land was given to Kigaala by Chwa so he owned the land in his personal capacity.  She further testified that even her late mother Dorothy Nasolo benefitted from that land as a daughter to king Chwa.

Former Buganda minister Robert Sebunya supported Nabukeera that the said land was owned by King Chwa in his personal capacity not a king. 

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission promised Nabukeera that very soon, Maria Kiwanuka and others will be summoned to explain how they got the contested land.

Maria Nabasirye Kiwanuka is still battling with her husband’s son Sebuliba Kiwanuka who dragged her to the high court civil division accusing her of fraudulently changing the administration of their father’s companies including Oscar industries limited. Sebuliba asked High Court judge Musa Sekana to issue an order to have his father Mohan Kiwanuka’s mental status examined claiming that her step mother Nabasirye is using him to sign strange documents giving her powers to administer his properties.

By Jamil Lutakome

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