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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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No School Is Allowed To Stop Candidates From Sitting Their Final Exams Because Of Fees Balances – Minister Janet Cautions School Owners…

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The Minister of Education and Sports who also doubles as the First Lady Janet Kataha Museveni has warned school owners who stop students from doing their final examinations due fees balance to stop it.

Minister Janet Museveni said this in the post on her Facebook page. Janet wrote: “I have received reports of students who missed writing their final UNEB exams on account of their schools’ refusal to allow them to sit exams because of school fees balances. This is against standing government policy. No school administrator is allowed to stop any UNEB registered candidate from sitting his/Her final exams because of unpaid school fees balances.”

She added, “Exam results however of the candidate can be withheld by the school administrators until he/she has cleared all outstanding fees. I have accordingly instructed the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education & Sports and the Executive Secretary UNEB to investigate this matter and take the necessary action.”

On Monday, 15 candidates at Top Care Secondary School in Iganga District were stopped from from sitting for Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) by the school authorities over school balances.
Despite pleas from the students, their parents and eventually area leaders, the school refused to relent and let the students sit the examinations.

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Ugandans Who Will Refuse To Sign On ICC Petition To Have M7 Indicted Will Be Committing Treason – Besigye…

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Four-time presidential aspirant, Col. Kizza Besigye has warned Ugandans who are planning to dodge the signing of the petition entitled: “Uganda people’s petition to International Criminal Court” that they will be committing treason according to Article 3 of the constitution.

According to Besigye, all Ugandans are held responsible to fight for their fundamental rights and other rights granted by the constitution.

“Every person has a responsibility of protecting his or her rights, if you see someone abusing your right then you have to deal with that person in courts of law, since the constitution under Article 3 allows you to fight for your rights, Ugandans who have declined to sign on the petition are committing treason,” Besigye said.

He said this at the people’s government offices along Katonga road in Kampala where he officially lunched the signing of the petition that is aimed at compelling ICC to summon president Museveni.

In a meeting attended by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, Ken Lukyamuzi, Leader of Opposition Betty Aol Ochan and other the opposition members, Besigye said that the petition is a universal petition that caters for all Ugandans both in Uganda and abroad who have been victims of Museveni’s torture and his poor governance.

“The petition is for all Ugandans, its intended to bring peace to all, we need Museveni out of power with the help of ICC since he cannot handover peacefully,” he insisted.

“Anybody aggrieved with Museveni’s policies of violating our rights like freedom of speech and expression, freedom of assembly and right to life should provide evidence and join in the signing of petition,” he said.

He further urged all police persons and military to abandon violating commands that are given to them by their Commander in Chief.

“The police should work for Ugandans, they should abandon the violating commands that are given to them by Museveni because everyone is accountable for the crimes they commit, no one will ask for who ordered you. Look at Kayihura now, he is suffering alone though he was working on Museveni’s orders,” Besigye added.

He revealed that the petition will be wired online for all Ugandans both in Uganda and abroad to sign.

“Our petition is going to be wired online and links are going to be circulated for those outside Uganda,” he said. He further urged NRM members who have known the weaknesses of President Museveni to join the petition for a better tomorrow.

“Members from the NRM party who understand the weaknesses of their president should join us because this is about Museveni not NRM. Members of other opposition parties and movements like Hon: Kyagulanyi, Gen. Mugisha Muntu, Nobert Mao and other leaders, join us and we defend our country from dictators,” Besigye rallied.

According to Besigye, the process of signing the will take long period of time since they plan to spread it country wide.

By Josephine Kauma

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Sipapa, Full Figure Are Using M7’s Money To Kill Us: Music Promotors Bajjo, Abitex Cry Out ….

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Abitex and Bajjo addressing journalists

Events promoters Andrew Mukasa alias Bajjo events and Abbey Musinguzi alias Abitex have pinned socialite Charles Olim alias Sipapa and Jennifer Nakaguubi alias Full Figure of using the millions of money given to them by president Yoweri Museveni to kill them.

Bajjo told journalist in Kampala that on Wednesday evening, he survived being killed by armed hooligans holding machetes at Makindye, a Kampala suburb.

“I have audio recordings of that fool Sipapa and Full Figure strategizing on how to finish our lives. I heard Full figure tipping Sipapa to tell his gangs to locate us and kill us using stones,” Bajjo said.

He revealed that when he received an audio from a friend, they decided to run away from Baba TV where they had been hosted for a talk show. He said that when they reached Makindye, a group of people attacked them with machetes and stoned his car. Abitex said that he received credible information from state house that both Sipapa and Full Figure told Museveni that they know Abitex and Bajjo and that they will help him silence them at all cost.

Abitex warned that the act of giving people free money will increase criminality in the country because people will start thinking that they don’t have to work but can always be given free money. Both promotors filed their complaints at Katwe police station. Full figure was not reached for comment since she was not picking our calls.

PROMOTORS LIKELY TO LOSS BILLIONS

Earlier, lawyer Erias Lukwago, who was  representing the two promoters pleaded with High Court judge Lydia Mugambe Ssali to save his clients from losing billions of money and jobs in the coming 2019 festival season. Lukwago submitted that the directive issued by the Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola stopping his clients from organizing musical concerts will deny them employment since their source of income are the music shows.

Lukwago told court that his clients lost over Shs200m when Ochola stopped their concerts at Busabala, Gulu Lira and other places yet they had already paid all the necessary requirements including security.

The presiding judge Ssali asked both applicants why they didn’t proceed with organizing concerts of other musicians because it seems the IGP only stopped them from organizing Bobi Wine’s concerts.

Lukwago with people power lawyer Shamim Malende tried to plead to Ssali to accommodate their matter before the Christmas festival because it’s the period when his clients work more.

This was after judge Ssali had told them that she was assigned to go to high court criminal division to handle very serious criminal cases.

However, after Lukwago’s plea, Justice Ssali changed her mind and asked Lukwago to take their file back to the registrar so that it can be allocated to another judge which Lukwago refused. Mugambe further advised the applicants to stop exaggerating their case. The judge ordered both parties to submit written submissions instead of oral as Lukwago was proposing. The matter was adjourned to 13 December.

By Jamil Lutakome

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