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Minister Amongi To Face Bamugemereire Again, Accused Of Abetting Land Grabbing In Kyakwazi District

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Senior lands Minister Betty Amongi might face he nemesis, land probe chairperson justice Catherine Bamugemereire again for allegedly grabbing land in Mubende.

Ronald Lutakome, a resident of Mbogobiiri village, Nsambya sub county, Kyakwazi district, testified before the Commission that Amongi ordered the forceful opening of land boundaries on block 812 plot 25.

He testified that in November last year, their area Member of parliament Ann Maria Nakabirwa, together with the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Kyakwanzi, former Kyankwazi District Police Commander (DPC) Bagahare and officials from Kyankwazi District council led by Damulira Kinene apologised to them for being brutally arrested and shot at with rubber bullets during the ruthless eviction that saw some of the pregnant women having miscarriages.

Lutakome attested that Nakabirwa told them that Mubende police and the army were implementing Amongi’s letter which ordered them to provide security to prince Andrew Tendo, a military officer who is claiming ownership of the land.

He told the commission that Nakabirwa told them that as leaders, they did not envisage that opening of the boundaries was going to be done violently.

He said that their woes started in October 2017 when, they reported their complain to the Minister, she wrote to the Kyankwazi  District Administration and security organs in the area instructing them not to allow Tendo and Hoima Sugar works Limited to open boundaries until the investigations are done, and until the true owner of the contested land is revealed.

He disclosed that surprisingly, in the second letter that Amongi wrote in November, she indicated that she had held discussions with Tendo and she was convinced and allowed and opening of the boundaries of the disputed land, Amongi also ordered that after the opening of the boundaries, tenants on the land had to enter into negotiations with Tendo to see how they can solve their grievances on the land.

Ronald Lutakome testifying before the land probe

He said that before Amongi ordered the opening of the boundaries, Kyankwazi district land board wrote to her informing her that the documents Tendo based on to claim ownership of the land were forged. He said that in the letter, Kyankwazi District land board’s Deogratius Kasumba told her that Tendo’s letters showed that she got the said land on lease from Kiboga District not Kyankwazi district and even though his lease expired in 1999, he didn’t apply for its renewal.

Lutakome said that during the eviction, the residents fought and defeated over 300 goons who were ferried from Kampala to support the surveyors in opening boundaries. He said that the goons were moving in a bus which belonged to Link Bus company, two Fuso trucks and were guarded by four police patrol cars full of policemen and soldiers from UPDF.

He said that during the fight, teargas and rubber bullets were fired and some of the tenants on the land were badly beaten though they finally managed to defeat the goons and the security officers in a fight that took all day.

He said that out of 3500 people from three villages of Nsambya, Mbogobiiri, and Bugondi who are on the land, half of them had already applied to the district land board, to be given land titles on their ‘bibanja’ but their applications were thrown out of the window by corrupt officials at the land board who had already eaten something from Tendo, their tormentor.

It should be remembered that early this year, Minister Amongi clashed with the Commission after snubbing three summons, it took a special order from president Museveni for Amongi to finally appear before the commission.

During the hearing, the senior lands Minister was grilled over grabbing Asian Deported properties and mismanaging Uganda land fund money.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Police Extends Zaake’s Criminal Summons After He Fails To Turn UP.

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Police at the Crime Investigations Department (CID) Kibuli has today extended the criminal summons of Mityana Municipality MP Hon. Francis Zaake Butebi after his lawyer Nicolas Opiyo informed them that his health condition was still poor and he couldn’t make it.

Counsel Nicolas Opiyo told this website that police had accepted the terms and agreed to extend his criminal summons to the 3rd of December.

Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake told this website on Sunday that he had been summoned to appear before the police’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters in Kibuli on Wednesday to be questioned on possible charges of escaping from police custody and treason.

Mr. Zaake further told this website that he had received the summons and would turn up for questioning. He however, described the act of the police as “reckless and traumatising” because he was still recovering from “physical and psychological wounds” that he suffered during the chaos that happened in the lead up to the Arua Municipality by-election in August.

 

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REVEALED: How NRM Mobiliser Maama Kisanja Connived With Senior Lands Officials To Grab Land From A Full Village

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Luella Ataro being grilled by the commission

The Commission of inquiry into land matters has unearthed how a racket of ministry of lands officers connived with NRM mobilizer Peninah Kalenge Busingye alias Maama Kisanja and her daughter Natasha Kalenge to grab villages in Namavundu sub county Wakiso District.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the Commission revealed that the Commission has established that the entire fraudulent transaction of the land was masterminded by senior officers in the ministry of lands.

She wondered how the entire process was worked on during the festive season of 2016. She gave an example that on 29th December 2016, the senior Registrar land registration Luella Ataro approved to the Commissioner land Registration to issue a special certificate of land title to Peninah Kalenge without making due diligence.

Bamugemereire added that in the same period, Ataro sent request to Dr. Joseph Batume, the Wakiso District staff surveyor for a deep plan on the controversial land and asked him to issue instruction to survey the land.  She disclosed that Batume immediately responded to all the requests without ascertaining them. She further revealed that Ataro also didn’t follow the normal procedure that when someone applies for special certificate of the land title, the registrar has to wait for 30 days after an announcement is done in the national gazette.

She said that within five days, before Ataro received the application for the special certificate of the land title, it was already issued in the names of Peninah Kalenge. She showed Ataro an application made by Natasha and her mother which read that the land title was misplaced and they needed a special certificate of the land title for the immediate transaction on the land.

She said that Ataro, Batume and Venansio Ajero, the Wakiso District cartographer were the beneficiaries of the Shs4.7bn Natasha allegedly used in the process of obtaining the title fraudulently.

Bamugemereire was supported by Ebert Byenkya, the Commission’s lead Counsel who revealed that immediately after issuing the special certificate of land title, sub divisions were done and over 60 other land titles were fraudulently created.

He said that Ataro also issued a special certificate of the land title well knowing that all the plots which were created in 1999 on the mother certificate of the land title were made in handwriting.

He added that Ataro headed the entire scum from the Ministry. After reporting the loss of the certificate of the mother title; fraudulent plots were created in the kalamazu when they were not indicated in the title made in 1999.

He said that the new plots created by Ataro were measuring over 184 hectares in the names of Kalenge. In her defense, Ataro told the Commission that she was not aware of the scum and she got to know about it last week when she met Natasha. She said that Natasha told her that the special certificate of the land title she processed for her had problems.

Commissioner Mary Ochan asked her to tell the Commission where she met Natasha and what they were planning to do.

Ataro said she found Natasha in the office of Vaniey Lutaaya, a government surveyor.  She said that on 29th December 2016, the date she issued a new special certificate of the land title to Kalenge, she was in office on orders of the permanent secretary Ministry of lands and whatever she implemented, she was following the information given to her by Wakiso District land office.

On the issue of not following the 30 days announcement in the gazette, she said that it was an oversight and asked for forgiveness. She told the Commission that her powers in the land registration department in the ministry of lands were reduced from approving the issuing of land titles and now she is only handling the Complaints desk in the department.

Commissioner Robert Ssebunya told her that she masterminded the whole scum and put the suffering of poor Ugandans on her. Ataro told the Commission that she is going to write to the Commission land registration to cancel the certificate of the land title because it was issued fraudulently.

She said that she is going to tender in her letter tomorrow Wednesday and she will copy in the Commission to fulfill her commitment.  Justice Bamugemereire also ordered Ataro to bring to the Commission her passport.  The Commission also grilled Wakiso District staff surveyor Joseph Batume who issued the instruction to survey the land which does not exist.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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Supreme Court Sets Date To Determine Speaker Kadaga’s Fate Over Age-Limit Removal

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The Supreme Court has set the date to hear an application filed by City Lawyer Male Mabirizi seeking Court to order Rebecca Kadaga the speaker of parliament  to appear before the Court for cross-examination.

According to the statement issued by Opefeni Ogwadiya, the registrar supreme Court, the seven justices are set to kick off the hearing on 12th December 2018.  In his application, Mabirizi challenges the decision of the five justices of the Constitutional Court headed by Alfonso Owinyi Dolo who reject his application for Kadaga to appear before the Court for cross examination.

He stated that during conferencing on the matter in the court of appeal, he asked Dolo, who was chairing the process that he wanted Kadaga to appear in the dock. He further stated that Kaahwa Christine the acting Director for civil litigation in the chambers of the Attorney General told Dolo to give him more time to file the affidavit of the speaker who was out of the country.

Mabirizi said that with such submission, he thinks that the court was going to allow him crossexamine Kadaga because she was at the center of controversy which Dolo rejected.  He said that he was only served with affidavits of Jane Kibirige the clerk to parliament, UPDF commander Gen David Muhoozi and Keith Muhakanizi, the secretary to the treasury.

“That consequently, before hearing of the Constitutional petition, intended to examine the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga so that the court can be able to ascertain her true role in the entire process relating the constitutional amendment Act 2 of 2017,” Mabirizi stated. The court will first hear this application before the main appeal in January 2017.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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