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Rukutana Is An Example Of The Impunity Among Government Officials: Obote Told My Father Muteesa To Denounce Himself As King Of Buganda If He Was To Facilitate His Stay In UK – Wasajja Tells Bamugemereire

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Buganda Prince David Kintu Wasajja has joined a section of Ugandans to condemn the stinky behavior exhibited by Mwesigwa Rukutana, the Deputy Attorney General before the Commission of inquiry into land matters yesterday.

While appearing before the Commission today, Wasajja apologized to the commission on behalf of Ugandans over Rukutana’s behaviors. “My lord, let me use few minutes of my precious time to congratulate you for exposing impunity among government officials.  My lord, you have exposed the loopholes in government systems, we reported this fraud before the parliament but nothing was done. Muhammad Kasasa was going to be paid shs700m and the Ministry of finance was already preparing the payment of Shs24bn. The Auditor General tried to stop this impunity but he was also ignored. It’s this commission that stopped this impunity of misusing tax payer’s money” Wasajja said. Wasajja said government paid shs2.4bn to Kasasa without verifying his ownership of the land because whatever he was waving as land titles were forgeries.

He said that Rukutana was supposed to explain to the commission his involvement in these fraudulent transactions but because he was the mastermind of the entire fraud, he decided to turn furious against the commission.

Wasajja also blasted Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) top lawyer Sam Muyanja for spreading false and fabricated evidence against his father Sir Edward Muteesa the former King of Buganda.  Wasajja testified that the evidence Mayanja presented before the Commission on Mutungo land was false and fabricated. He said that Mayanja didn’t present tangible evidence apart from hearsay on how Banedicto Kiwanuka, the first Democratic Party president General paid his father before purchasing Mutungo land.

Wasajja before the land probe today

Wasajja revealed that Mayanja has bias against Buganda kingdom because he was fired from being the lawyer to Buganda Land Board. Wasajja further advised the commission not to consider the evidence provided to the commission by Ambassador Maurice Kagimu Kiwanuka, a son to late Bandito Kiwanuka because he is just spreading hearsay. He said that the evidence provided by Kiwanuka was told to him by his mother Maxisiya Kiwanuka. He insisted that his father never received any money from Kiwanuka or Lake View properties to sell his land. However, Kiwanuka and Mayanja testify before the Commission that they have overwhelming evidence that Muteesa was paid money to facilitates him in exile.  Wasajja also produced evidence showing that President Milton Obote connived with some British officials to sell Muteesa’s properties. He stated that the British were claiming that the queen’s government was spending a lot of money on Muteesa and his bodyguards because he was a king of Buganda.

Muteesa II signing on one of the documents

Wasajja testified that the British wrote to Obote asking him to allow Muteesa get some facilitation from Uganda because the British government had failed to get for him a job which can fit his status as a king. He said that when Muteesa refused to denounce himself as a king of Buganda as a condition put forward by Obote if he was to allow him to get facilitation from Uganda, the British government forced him to list all his properties in Uganda. He said that his father listed the 640 acres of land at Mutungo hill as part of his properties.     The commission also issued a statement on why Rukutana was dismissed from the commission. “The learned Deputy Attorney General was not professionally and psychologically prepared to facilitate the commission in its investigation. Given his open, antagonistic disregard of the commission ‘s mandate, the commission referred this matter back to the appointing authority to find another way of verifying, investigating and probing the UGX24.6BN compensation. The commission will continue to conduct its proceedings through an inquisition approach to the facts as presented,” the commission’s statement reads in details.

The Uganda Law Society boss Simon Peter Kinobe also condemned the behavior exhibited by both Rukutana and the commission. Kinobe noted that both the commission and Rukutana set a bad precedence because they are lawyers who understand legal matters more. In the other development, Rukutana has insisted that he is not willing to apologize to Justice Catherine Bamugemereire the chairperson of the commission. Rukutana was responding to his voters Rushenyi County in Ntungamo district who were asking him to apologize to Bamugemereire. The voters used their WhatsApp group to ask their MP to apologize. “I want to assure you and everyone that whatever I said was intentional and had a historic perspective that I will not share here. All I can tell you is that I am not apologizing to you or anybody,” Rukutana stated.

 

By Jamil Lutakome

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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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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