Land probe grills Kayihura over fat bribes

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Kayihura appearing before the land probe Tuesday

Members sitting on the commission of inquiry into land matters on Tuesday took Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, through a thorough grilling session over police involvement in land grabbing.

The Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led commission received information that police had colluded in the sale of a government building and land plot 60-62 located on Saidina Abubaker road in Jinja town.

Then DPC Apolo Kateeba supervised the demolition of the said building after allegedly receiving fat bribes.

He reportedly shared the money received from a private investor with former police spokesperson, AIGP Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

In his defence, Kayihura said police had set up a committee headed by a one Mark Adong to revive mismanaged land files.

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At the beginning of this month, Kayihura replaced Charles Mutungi, the commandant of the Land Police Protection Unit (LPPU) accused of conniving with land grabbers across the country.

A Senior Superintendent of Police, Mutungi was replaced with Senior Commissioner, Christine Nanding and sent for a course at Police College at Bwebajja in Wakiso District.

“We acknowledge our weaknesses as an institution and we are transforming,” Kayihura told the inquiry commission today.

He said the problem is ideological [Nfuniramuwa-what do I gain?] and it drives every Ugandan including police “but we are going to act”.

Dissatisfied commissioner Robert Sebunya told Kayihura face to face that he was “ignorant about what happens below him”.

Kayihura quickly recovered himself and told the committee that he condemns the police officers who were involved in land grabbing.

“I condemn the police officers who were involved. In any case, it’s not the business of the police to serve any party,” he said.

The Inspector General of Government (IGG), Irene Mulyagonja, also appeared before the commission on fraudsters who are taking advantage of the courts of law to stop prosecutions against them.

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