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Petition God Or The Pope Instead Of Reporting Me To President Museveni – Rukutana Blasts Bamugemereire



The Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana has blasted the land Commission chairperson Justice Catherine Bamugemereire for chasing him out of the witness’ stand. Before chasing him, Bamugemereire first warned Rukutana that her Commission can no longer accommodate his disrespectful behavior.

“As a commission, you have been very disrespectful and combative we have never experienced this before. We have decided to refer this matter to the appointing authority, who is the president of this republic to find another legal Commission which the learned Attorney General will respect. We can’t accommodate such disrespect from senior government officials at the level of a learned Attorney General. You are discharged and your testimony will be off this Commission’s record,” Bamugemereire told Rukutana.

The no-nonsense Bamugemereire told Rukutana that she has the powers to discharge him and put his testimony off her probe records. Rukutana also fired back and told Bamugemereire that he was also not ready to keep quiet when the Commission was not respecting him and insulting him before the media. Rukutana told the Commission that whatever he did on the Mutungo land including giving his legal opinion, he was doing it on behalf of government not himself or that his family.

Bamugemereire without preparing the audience for an adjournment, angrily moved out of the hearing room in protest. She was followed by other Commissioners leaving Rukutana still spiting fire and calling her commission biased and blaming it for disrespecting witnesses. Mr. Seremba, the Commission’s documents expert ordered the two men on the recording system to put Rukutana’s mic off which they also did. Despite switching off his mic, Rukutana kept throwing bitter words to the commission. His lawyer Martin Mwabustya, the Commissioner for civil litigation in the chambers of  Attorney General assisted him to collect his documents.

When he was asked by journalists whether he did not fear losing his job after the outburst with the no-nonsense Bamugemereire who threatened to report him to his boss the president, Rukutana confidently said that he does not fear the commission. He warned that the commission has made it a job to make news headlines by insulting government officials. He advised Bamugemereire that instead of threatening to report him to the president, let her petition the Catholic Church leader Pope Francis or petition the Almighty God because they are the only ones who can punish him. He also wondered what Bamugemereire calls disrespectful and being combative because he answered all the questions that were fired at him by the commission lead counsel Ebert Byenkya. He said that the said land on Mutungo Hill which the Commission is investigating was properly handled and a number of stakeholders were consulted including the president.

Earlier, before Rukutana was chased, Justice Bamugemereire questioned  why Rukutana holds the office of the Attorney General after he testified that the Auditor General has no powers to advise the government on Mutungo land.

Bamugemereire said that in 2011, the Auditor General investigated and found out that there was a lot of fraud during the purchase of 640 acres of land by government on Kyadondo block 237 plot 27 up to 57. Bamugemereire said that in the same year, the auditor general wrote to the Inspector General of government asking him to investigate the fraud and prosecute the culprits. She said that such claims would have helped Rukutana get a better legal opinion that the government would base on to pay Muhammad Kasasa shs24bn.

Rukutana told the commission that as a top government legal adviser, he was not supposed to just advise a common man like the auditor general who only understands finance, accounts and auditing. The commission lead counsel Byenkya showed Rukutana a letter written by the prime minister Ruhakana Rugunda where he was advising the Attorney General and the Ministry of Lands to examine and verify Kasasa’s land titles before paying him the shs24bn.

Byenkya gave Rukutana two letters written by Sebalu, Lule and Company Advocates and Lukwago and Company Advocates informing the Auditor General that the land which the government was going to pay for had many problems including caveats and court orders.  In his response, Rukutana blasted Rugunda and stated that even though he holds a big national office, he lacks legal expertise to advise the attorney general. He said that he based his legal opinion on the ground that the government was in possession of the land and the seller of the land, Mr. Kasasa had the land title and transfer forms which he signed when he was making a sale’s agreement for the government.

Rukutana added that he also received a letter from the president telling him to make sure that Kasasa is paid all his money because he sold 640 acres of land to the government for security reasons. Rukutana further said that in Museveni’s letter, he also directed the ministry of finance to add Kasasa shs246m because he had earlier told him that he used part of the first payment to follow his claims. However, Byenkya told Rukutana that the president, in his letter noted that he was informed that all the necessary requirements were followed when government acquired the said land.

Byenkya quizzically said that it might have been that the president was lied to regarding the details of the transaction because the land was forcefully taken by government from Kasasa for security reasons.  Rukutana boasted that they must understand that security and defense matters are very sensitive and he doesn’t need to explain why External Security Organization (ESO) decided to take the land. He said that whether the land was acquired illegally or legally or whether the proper procedures were followed, the issue at hand is that the land now belongs to government and the genuine seller received part of the payment and the government is ready to pay the remaining balance. Byenkya asked Rukutana to explain how the money rose from shs2.4bn to shs24bn. Rukutana testified that the office of the Attorney General tried to negotiate with Kasasa to reduce the amount from sha36bn to shs24bn because the amount had increased due to the bank’s interest rate. He told the Commission that the lawyers in the Attorney General’s office didn’t know how the interest rate rose because they are lawyers who handle legal matters not mathematicians.

He asked the Commission to go and ask the officers in the Ministry of Finance to explain how the amount rose. Byenkya informed Rukutana that the entire process was fraudulent. He reminded him that Kasasa testified before the Commission that all the money he signed for after selling his land was taken by officials from State House, Attorney General’s office and Ministry of Lands.

Rukutana laughed loud and said that he was not aware that Kasasa’s money was taken. He added that if he had informed him, he would have done something about it. Rukutana tasked the Commission to go and investigate the State House officers who Kasasa claims took his money.

The commission also received a testimony from a top city lawyer Sam Mayanja who told the Commission that sir Edward Muteesa sold his land to Kwemalamala Kintu. Mayanja, an advocate with Kampala Associated Advocate revealed that Muteesa sold his land through his sister  Victoria Mpologoma. He said that he has evidence that Muteesa sold the land and the Muteesa family don’t have any claim on it.

Three families, that of Sir Edward Muteesa II the former king of Buganda, Ben Kiwanuka, the first Attorney General of Uganda and city tycoon Muhammad Kasasa are fighting for 640 acres of land in Mutungo in Nakawa, Kampala. The Commission is still investigating the matter.


By Jamil Lutakome



STEALING FROM THE DEAD: Namirembe Cathedral To Take 75% Of Condolence Money Collected, To Give Deceased’s Family Only 25%



The Church of Uganda has issued new guidelines in which they will take 75% of the money collected as condolences during funeral services.

A communication from Rev. Canon Nelson Kaweesa, the Namirembe Cathedral Secretary, to the Cathedral Dean, Archdeacon, canons, lay leaders and believers, states that the move was agreed upon by a meeting that sat on Friday May 24 2019.

“The council agreed that during memorial services at the Cathedral, there will be collection of condolences and 75% of that money will remain at the Cathedral to cater for items used during the service. Only 25% of the money collected will go to the family of the deceased,” the communication reads in part.

Rev. Canon Kaweesa further states that the condolences will always be collected before the sermon to allow ushers count and declare the amount collected as condolences. The communication further reads that the new guidelines will also be applied on services held at the home of the deceased. In the past, all money collected as condolences was given back to the family of the deceased.

By Doreen Menezer


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GUILTY AS CHARGED: You Kidnapped And Killed Her – Court Finally Convicts Pine Car Bond Businessman Sebuufu On Katushabe’s Murder



It was tears and jubilation as pine car bond businessman Muhammad Sebuufu and seven others were convicted on the murder of businesswoman Donna Betty Katushabe, a former Centenary bank employee. 

“I found out that state has proved beyond reasonable doubt all the ingredients in the three counts of murder, kidnap with intention to murder and armed robbery which were charged against Muhammad Ssebuufu, Phillip Mirambe, Steven Lwanga, Shaban Odutu, Paul Tasingika,  Dameseni Ssentongo, Godfrey Kayinza  and I  convict them,” High Court Judge Flavia Anglin Senoga said. She said that the prosecution team led by senior state prosecutor Michael Ojok  and Winfred Ahimbisibwe placed Sebuufu and his co-accussed on the scene of crime at pine car bond in Kampala where the deceased was tortured from and later died at the entrance of  Kampala central police station.

The late Katushabe’s lawyer Annet Kyomugisha (2nd R)

The judge refuted the alibis which Sebuufu based on to defend himself that on the day Katushabe was tortured, he was at Mwanga 2 court in Mengo not at pine as the state witnesses testified. The judge stated that the convict had malice forethought to murder the deceased because after planning the move to kidnap her from her home in Bwebajja on Entebbe road instead of driving her to Kampala central police station. The soft-spoken judge said that the act of taking Katushabe to pine car bond showed that the suspects wanted to negotiate with her on how to pay the remaining shs9m on the purchased Toyota Premio from pine car bond. 

She based her judgment on the postmortem report which indicated that Katushabe was first tortured before she died. The learned judge wondered why the convicts instead of torturing the deceased didn’t file a civil suit so that their balance is paid through civil courts. She noted that the suspect participated in committing the crime according to the testimony of Peter Tumusiime, a lawyer who was sent to pine to rescue Katushabe from Sebuufu’s hands.

Tumusiime told court that he saw with his necked eye Sebuufu and Odutu undressing and beating up the deceased while squeezing her breasts and private parts. The judge further pointed out the star testimony was from Annet Kyomugisha, a lawyer to Katushabe, who told court that it was Sebuufu who called her on phone and put Katushabe on the loud speaker. Katushabe was crying and begging her lawyer to look for money because her captors had promised to kill her if she did not get the money.

Katushabe’s relatives jubilating

However, the judge put Steven Lwanga, a special hire driver at pine on charges of associating with the convicts who murdered Katushabe because when he was hired to drive Katushabe to police, he drove her back to pine where she was seriously tortured. State prosecutor Michael Ojok asked for an adjournment to prepare his submission on the sentencing because the convict deserves a maximum punishment of death. Sebuufu’s lawyer Evans Ochang told journalists that he is not happy with the judgment and he has to first read the entire judgment before advising his client on the way forward and whether to appeal in the court or not.

Katushabe’s relatives celebrated after the judgment and applauded the judge for standing by the truth adding that Sebuufu bribed all the people who were handling their case since 2015. Robert Muhindo, a brother to Katushabe said that even though Katushabe is dead and they can’t return her life, she will feel very contentedwherever she is. The convicted will know their fate on 1st July 2019.

By Jamil Lutakome


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THIEVES! Bank Of Baroda MD Grilled For Giving Dead Man Loan And Stealing His Family Land, House Alleging That He Defaulted



Ashwini Kumar, the Managing Director Bank of Baroda and Igara East members of parliament were yesterday grilled for forging a mortgage and trying to steal a Dead man’s estate. 

John Bosco Suuza, the deputy lead counsel of the commission of inquiry into land matters revealed that the commission has testimony from Barbra Atukunda Sseruwo  a widow to late Joseph Marry Sewulo a city businessman that between 1993 and 1993 forged a mortgage transaction and confiscate her 22 acres on land at Nalusuga Wakiso district.

“Mr. Kumar this commission wanted to understand from you how your bank the might bank of Baroda enters into a mortgage contract with the late Joseph Sseruwo in August 1994 when the death certificate from the ministry of healthy shows that the man dies in April 1994” Suuza asked.

Atukunda after appearing before the land probe

He narrated that Miss Atukunda Sseruwo, the widow to the late was informed about the pending mortgage in the bank when Baroda hired Super Star auctioneers and court beliefs owned by MP Mawanda to evict her from her land and house situated on Kyadondo Block 129 plot 76.  Suuza said that Atukunda tried to seek audience from the bank management but they kept dodging her until the property was sold.

He said that Atukunda testified before the commission that even though she was willing to rescue her husband’s property from the bank through selling her piece of land in Luzira a Kampala suburb, she was not helped. Atukunda further told the commission that she hired lawyers from Nsubuga Mubiru, Bitangalo and company Advocates to legally follow up the matter and write asking them not to sell the property until evidence showing that her husband obtained the said loan is shown to her. The bank continued to sell the land in a very hostile manner.

Commissioner Joyce Gunza Habaasa told the commission that he has evidence that in 1993, valuers valued that confiscated land at Shs51m but the bank sold it to city land broker Charles Serukuma at only Shs5m. Suuza revealed that there was syndicate between Bank of Baroda, MP Mawanda and Serukuma to grab the Deadman’s estate  fraudulently. He asked why the bank claims that late Sseruwo applied for a loan of shs15m from the bank through Inter export Uganda limited yet he was not the only shareholder.

In his defense, Kumar testified that he has faced a lot of problems since the transaction was done in 1993 because most of the documents were not accessible. He said that the only document he managed to access is the application for the loan and the mortgage deeds. Kumar’s testimony shocked justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission who wondered how Bank of Baroda which has been in existence for more than 66 years failed to keep records of its transactions and important documents. Kumar testified that what he is sure of is that Sseruwo was paid and the bank followed all the procedures to sell off the land because he failed to pay the loan.

Mawanda testifying before the land probe

He further informed the commission that Atukunda was in know of the loan because after the death of her husband, she paid shs8m but failed to complete the loan. Kumar said that right now, he has nothing to do for Atukunda because they are dealing with public money and the bank doesn’t have any money to compensate her. The commission also grilled MP Mawanga who illegally auctioned the land and ended up as the owner. Suuza said that Mawanda violently evicted Atukunda from their land after conniving with Baroda and Serukuma.

Mawanda blamed Katera, Kagumire and company Advocates for going ahead and auctioneering the property even though Atukunda’s lawyers warned them.

He said that he bought Atukunda’s land after Serukuma put it on the market because he is a land dealer, he paid shs6.8m.  However, Mawanda surprised the commission when he said that he doesn’t remember where he put the sales agreement because it is a long time and he left the business of court beliefs and join politics.

He told the commission that if it discovered that he fraudulently grabbed the land, let it be given back to Atukunda. The commission is still investigating the matter.

By Jamil Lutakome


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