Video: Land titles registrar Atalo arrested

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Mrs Nowela Atalo, the Registrar of land titles being led away from her office to a waiting police van [Photo Credit: The Observer]
    The registrar of land titles at the ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development has been arrested for disrespecting the commission of inquiry instituted by President Yoweri Museveni.

Mrs Nowela Atalo, Senior Land Registration Officer, was picked from the Ministry of Land’s Wakiso Lands Zonal office by police in the presence of journalists, loaded into a waiting truck and driven away.

Atalo who was arrested on orders of the Land Inquiry Commission chair, Catherine Bamugemereire, is accused among others of disrespecting the commission and withholding information.

She is further accused of obstructing justice and telling lies while appearing before the commission of Inquiry into land matters.

She was appearing for the second time before the commission to explain her role in the issuance of a set of land titles to individuals in Wetland located at Kijabijo.

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The commission found that Title 170 plot 644 were registered by Ataro and her Senior Land Management Officer, Satya Mwangushya without following laid procedure.

The two avoided the District Land Officer and the District Land Board by approving the award of certificate of titles in a Wetlands.

Atalo in particular has been dilly-dallying and refusing to answer the questions put to her by the commission.

In June, Museveni ordered Bamugemereire to investigate bibanja owners who are unlawfully evicting Ugandans from their land, saying the government would deal with them decisively.

As part of a fulfilment to her duties, Bamugemereire and her team are currently investigating city businessman, Huruna Semakula, for masterminding the grabbing of Nonve forest reserve land in Wakiso district.

Semakula told the Commission that he bribed Wakiso Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Ian Kyeyune with 41 acres of land for his role in helping him to secure title for forest land.

Apparently, all land titles regarding Nonve forest are to be cancelled but the registrar who is now in police custody was not ready to share related information with the commission.

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