Ex-minister Bitangaro jailed over Shs3bn fraud

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Sam Bitangaro remanded to Luzira

Former minister Sam Bitangaro was Thursday remanded to Luzira prison for obtaining money by false pretence and conspiracy to defraud government Shs3bn.

Bitangaro, the Bufumbira South MP, was charged with seven counts alongside William Tumwine, a director in the ministry of gender and his wife Stella Kakuba as well as lawyer Francis Owor Onyango.

They obtained the money from Kiboga Twegatte cooperative society limited to avail them land in Mityana district for resettlement after they were evicted from Luwunga Central government reserve in Kiboga district.

The suspects in court

The money was provided by the government through the National Forest Authority on the directive of President Yoweri Museveni.

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They were later arrested in an operation by State House Anticorruption Unit and produced Thursday before Anti-Corruption Unit.

Grade II magistrate John Okiipi remanded them until January 6, 2020 when they will appear before a chief magistrates’ court.

Stella Kakuba

The land in question is being disputed between city tycoon Abid Alam and some residents of Kassanda district.

In August 2019, the State House Anti-Corruption Unit said they were probing the purchase of the land at a cost of sh1.3b for the people who were evicted from Kiboga.

The suspects

The land was purchased by Kiboga Twegatte Co-operative Society. But it was later discovered that the same land is claimed by Abid Alam.

Over 30,000 people, who were evicted from the Luwunga Central Forest Reserve in Kiboga, settled on the land belonging to Abid Alam at Bukombe in Kassanda, which sparked off a conflict in the area.

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