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Top City Law Firm Katende Ssempebwa & Co. Advocates In Shs7.4bn Land Fraud – UFZA MD Grilled For Causing Financial Loss To Government…

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Lawyers Katende and Ssempebwa (seated in front), Inset is Jabo

City law firm Katende Ssempebwa and company Advocates has been mentioned in a massive scandal of defrauding Shs7.4bn from the government of Uganda.

Yesterday, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s led land probe discovered that the law firm owned by flamboyant former Buganda Attorney General John Katende and Makerere University law professor Fredrick Ssempebwa connived with officers at Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA) to defraud government.

Ebert Byenkya, the land probe lead counsel tasked Richard Jabo, the Managing Director Uganda Free Zone Authority to explain how through Katende Ssempebwa and company Advocates, they sold off land at exorbitant price of Shs7.4bn without following the right procedures of procuring land for the government. Byenkya stated that Uganda free zone Authority bought 102 acres of land on Busiro block 535 plot 32 Ziba Buwaya without carrying out due diligence which later turned out to be air. Byenkya revealed that even though state minister for investments Evelyn Anite petitioned the commission to investigate the fraudulent transaction, the commission has also received a number of petitions from other people who are claiming for the same land.

Jabo (right) with officers from UFZA before the commission

“Our investigations established that Mr. Keith Muhakanizi, the Permanent Secretary to the ministry of finance warned you Mr. Jabo in writing not to proceed with this transaction after discovering a lot of fraud in it. You intentionally refused to take his advice and continued with the transaction hence making the government lose a lot of money,” Byenkya said.

In his defense, Jabo testified that after receiving a directive from the president to establish a free zone near Kampala for investors and even availing the money to purchase the land, the Authority advertised in the New Vision and Daily Monitor in 2017 asking for people with that piece of land to apply and a number of companies applied.

At this point Byenkya intervened and asked Jabo whether they were only looking for law firms to bid because all the applicants were law firms. Jabo testified that they were also surprised to see only law firms applying and Katende Ssempebwa and company Advocates were the highest bidders. He said that the law firm applied with powers of Attorney from Dick Lutaaya and Paul Bukenya and the authority agreed to purchase the land at a price of shs6.6bn.

Jabo insisted that all the procedures were followed and the value of Shs6.6bn was reached and paid after the government valuer concurred with the private valuers from Katende Ssempebwa and company Advocates. However, justice Bamugemereire probed why the money was not paid directly to Katende Ssempebwa and company Advocates but rather paid to Kirya and company Advocates another law firm.

Bamugemereire further revealed that it was the Free Zone Authority that paid the stamp duty for the sellers and other necessary requirements amounting to Shs8bn. Bamugemereire further said that the family of Augustine Muwuliza wrote to the Authority with evidence that they were the owners of the land and they had a land title to support their claim.

Lawyer Katende in his office

Commissioner Mary Ochan Oduka tasked Jabo to tell the commission why the entire procurement of this transaction was abnormally handled by Collins Arinda an officer from the procurement office in the Free Zone Authority. He wondered why the due diligence report was not submitted to the board directors of the Free Zone Authority to approve the transactions and cited miscommunication in the authority. She said that there was a lot of fraud in the transaction that’s why even before the transaction, people like Dick Besigye and Andrew Muhwezi were claiming to own ‘bibanja’ on the purchased land. She said that this was the very reason why Muhakanizi warned him from continuing with the transactions but he (Jabo) insisted targeting his cut without caring about the tax payers money that was going to be wasted.

In Defense, Jabo testified that it was Katende Ssempebwa who told them to pay them through Kirya and company Advocates since they were the ones who agreed to compensate the ‘bibanja’ owners who were on the land.

He submitted that there is a misunderstanding between the management of the Free Zone Authority  and board but refused to give details of their grievances in public. He asked to testify in-camera. He told the commission that his Authority was misled by the ministry of lands because they consulted them before purchasing the land and discovered that the land was there but after paying the money, they were told that they bought air.

Minister Anite told the commission that president Museveni had assigned to him a number of international investors to be given land which Free Zone Authority  had bought but it’s nowhere to be seen. Justice Bamugemereire said that the commission will investigate the matter conclusively including summoning senior lawyers from Katende Ssempebwa and company Advocates to give their side of the story.

By Jamil Lutakome

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VIDEO: Minister For Health Dr. Jane Aceng Joins Active Politics, To Contest In Lira…

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The Minister for Health Dr. Jane Aceng has declared that she is joining active Politics.

In a video shared by Emmanuel Ainebyona, the Senior Public Relations Officer MOH, Dr. Aceng says, “I want to declare openly that I’m taking up a political position as a representative of the Women in Lira district and I will contest for the position under the Movement ticket. I thank the People of Lango for their great Love and support.”
Currently, Atim Joy Ongom, is the incumbent woman Member of Parliament representing the Lira District.
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Mirundi Survives Nasty Accident, Turns Guns On Family Members Who Summoned Him To Stop Attacking Government Officials In Private Meeting….

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President Museveni’s advisor on media Joseph Tamale Mirundi has survived a nasty accident along Entebbe Road.

According to his son Mirundi junior, the motor mouthed presidential adviser survived an accident on Friday evening at around 8pm at Zana round about.

Mirundi junior revealed that his father survived with minor injuries but his government car was totally damaged.

He explained that different security agencies are working around the clock to find out the cause of the accident and if there was any foul play, the culprits will be brought to book.

Mirundi recently revealed that there are mafias in government who are after his life for exposing them as corrupt.

He said that he survived poison three times when he was working in State House as the press secretary to the President before being fired and given what he calls a retirement package as the senior presidential adviser.

He added that his tormentors struck again early this year but God saved him when he was quickly admitted to Kisubi hospital where he spent almost a week.

Mirundi revealed that mafias have on several occasions tried to assassinate him and when he briefed his boss the President and the first son Lt Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, he was given extra security to protect him and his three homes which he calls palaces, in Zana, Kyengera and Kabalagala.

TURNS GUNS ON HIS FAMILY MEMBERS

Today, when he appeared on Pearl FM radio, Mirundi revealed that there was a bitter exchange between him and some of his family members who were trying to convince him to stop attacking health Minister Dr. Ruth Aceng and PS Dr. Diana Atwine.

Mirundi explained that the verbal war started when one of his sons who is a medical doctor called a family meeting where he wanted to settle issues between their father and the two Ministry of Health heavy weights.

Mirundi revealed that in the meeting, his son asked him to stop attacking Aceng and Atwine because it is putting him in bad light.

Mirundi revealed that he turned tables upside down and warned his son that he has sacrificed a lot for him to become a medical doctor without the help of Aceng and Atwine.

He said that he even reminded his son that the people he is defending recommended that he be posted in up-country hospitals to work from there because he carries the name Mirundi.

He explained to his son that it was through his efforts, when he lobbied different top government officials so that he can be brought back to work in Kampala hospitals.

He said he even reminded his son that when he was recently arrested for violating COVID19 guidelines, he called him as his father to rescue him from Kawempe police station where he was in detention.

Mirundi told his family members that he will never forgive Aceng and Atwine because they reported him to the President.

He sent his son to go and tell Aceng that he is going to use all the tools at his disposal to fight her.

Mirundi insisted that he will never give up the fight against mafias until they compensate him for the humiliation and losses he suffered when they fueled his firing from State House.

Mirundi further explained that upon realizing that his enemies had penetrated his family, he issued tough guidelines to all his family members who wish to join politics.

Among the guidelines, he told them that whoever joins any political party or political pressure group does so in his personal capacity.

He warned them that he has information that his enemies plan to compromise his family members to betray him.

“I told that son of mine who joined Bobi Wine to betray him at his own peril because I know many mafias will approach him with offers to compromise him and put my family in bad light or provoke People Power supporters to attack me because l know the people behind People Power,” Mirundi explained.

He added that he passed the same warning to his wife who joined politics.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki




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M7 Advised To Fire Secretary To Treasury Keith Muhakanizi For Frustrating Facilitation Of The Newly Created Cities, Town Councils And Municipalities….

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Butambala county legislator Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi has revealed that there is a section of politicians who recently held a secret meeting to strategize on how to fire the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance Keith Muhakanizi.

Kivumbi said that Muhakanizi is being accused of frustrating and failing to facilitate the newly created local government units like cities, districts, town councils and municipalities.

Kivumbi disclosed that Muhakanizi has been advising top ministers and Museveni not to create new local government units because the country’s economy cannot afford to facilitate them.

“I know very soon he is going to be fired, because he told them the truth and you know these people only know how to win elections, they don’t care about the national economy.  Now he is a burden and he is going to be fired,” Kivumbi revealed when he appeared on Gasimbaganne ne Bannamawulire on radio Simba.

Kivumbi wondered how a whole government can create new local government units knowing very well that they cannot work sufficiently.

He disclosed that many government units that have previously been created are not working.

He insisted that the newly created local government units are only going to increase government expenditure by bringing in new politicians and public servants.

Kivumbi was supported by Butambala woman Member of Parliament aspirant Aisha Kabanda who warned Ugandans who are celebrating the creation of new cities that they are going to feel the creation of the new cities in their pockets.

She noted that the residents in the new cities are going to start paying a lot of taxes which they have been not paying.

However some credible sources told this website that once Muhakanizi is fired from Finance, he is going to be promoted to the office of the Governor of the Bank of Uganda.

Sources revealed that for a long time, Museveni has been looking for Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile’s replacement. Currently, Mutebile looks frail and sickly.

 

By Sengooba Alirabaki




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