NFA boss Mugisa arrested over dirty land deals

Michael Mugisa, executive director of NFA

The Commission of Inquiry into land matters chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire has arrested Michael Mugisa, the executive director of the National Forestry Authority (NFA).

Bamugemereire accuses Mugisa of taking part in the alleged fraudulent allocation of Kajjansi Central Forest Reserve (CFR) in Wakiso District.

Mugisa reportedly told the commission lies regarding transactions that led to the titling of Kajjansi CFR by private developers.

The commission had asked Mugisa to provide the various bank accounts where he transacts which he didn’t do.

Mugisa was further questioned over his alleged neglect of duty, corruption, connivance with fraudsters to deprive government of her property, causing financial loss and failure to exercise authority.

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It is alleged that in December 2011, NFA board chairman, Mr Gershom Onyango while serving as acting Executive Director issued a no objection to private company, Logistic Real Estate and Developers Limited leading to unlawful acquisition of land titles.

Also in trouble is NFA’s legal manager, Ruth Kisakye, who is accused of neglect of duty and obstruction of justice.

The commission directed Kisakye to provide financial transaction details by revealing her bank accounts to the Commission.

The land in question was given to International Camping Sites and Super Resort Limited owned by businessman Ephraim Ntaganda and his brother Cedric Nsongoza.

Ntaganda also sold the same land to businessman Eria Mubiru, of J2E Investments Limited at a cost of $2.5m causing government financial loss.

NFA is also on the spot for giving gazetted forest land to Uganda Clays Limited that sold out plots to Victo Nabbanja, Annet Babirye and Ibrahim Mude, all private developers.