Land probe team eating free money, disband it-Namuganza

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Namuganza appearing before the land probe committee

State minister for lands Persis Namuganza has recommended that the commission of inquiry on land matters be disbanded for wasting the tax payers’ money.

“Where are the contracts they were given? They get a lot of money. Parliament summoned them last time and it was the speaker [Rebecca Kadaga] who protected them,” Namuganza lashed out.

She went on: “They are paid Shs52m a month each when me, a minister, I get only Shs6m. Why do they waste people’s money?”

The junior lands minister had just come out of a hot session where she was grilled over Mubende land row.

Appearing before the Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire committee, Namuganza denied allegations that she connived with a one Milly Naava to evict 350 families in Mubende district.

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Namuganza, in turn, accused the committee of fighting private wars instead of doing their work.

“They are fighting personal wars. They have no issue. They are just useless. Their motions won’t help Uganda.”

She added: “I’m on going on record. That committee is only eating tax payers’ money. That committee should be disbanded and members sent home to sleep.”

Background

Soon after the probe looked into the matter, the president asked the minister to also investigate some land wrangles in the same area, prompting the land committee to ask her for her findings.

It is alleged that Ms Namuganza in collusion with her counterpart, Benny Namugwanya Bugembe (State minister for Kampala) who is also the Woman MP for Mubende District, mobilised and led claimants of the disputed three square mile land in Butoroogo and Madudu Sub-counties, Mubende District to State House and met President Museveni who would order the owners of the land to be compensated by the State.

The Deputy Lead Counsel to the Commission, John Bosco Suuza, tasked Namuganza to explain her role in leading claimants to a State House meeting.

Namuganza was named before the land probe for having led purported landlords; Blasio Musoke Lule and Ms Milly Naava Namutebi  and other people to State House to claim for compensation of the land whose ownership is under investigation.

At the State House meeting, witnesses separately testified that Lule asked the President to pay them Shs4 billion for one Square mile of the land.

The commission is investigating accusations of forceful evictions, destruction of property, unlawful arrests and threatening violence against a retired primary school teacher, Namutebi and a senior army officer in charge of administration at Mubende Rehabilitation Centre, Maj. Eric Kigamboha.

The incidents, reportedly took place in three sub counties of Buwekula, Butoroogo and Madudu between 2010 and 2018.

Last week, the land probe ordered for the arrest Namutebi and Musoke for defying witness summons which required them to appear and explain fresh accusations on the land.

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