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Auditor General: IGG, Attorney General Ignored Advise on Mutungo Land Purchase :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Auditor General: IGG, Attorney General Ignored Advise on Mutungo Land Purchase

Muwanga noted that he is yet to receive a response from the Inspectorate of Government since he authored the letter in 2011. Raphael Baku was the acting Inspector of General of Government in 2011.
06 Mar 2019 17:56

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The Inspectorate of Government-IG ignored a letter from the Auditor General, John Muwanga citing irregularities surrounding the purchase of the land hosting the headquarters of the External Security Organisation-ESO, the Commission of Inquiry into land matters heard on Wednesday.

The 12 acre piece of land, which is at the center of dispute involving various claimants, sits on Block 237 plots 56, 48, 59, 67 and 29 on Mutungo Hill in Nakawa Division in Kampala. In 2008, government entered an agreement with Dr. Muhammad Kasasa to acquire the land at Shillings 2.4 billion.

According to the agreement, government was expected to pay within 60 working days or else the amount attracts an interest. 

The interest rate was not determined at the time. Evidence before the Commission indicates that by the time of signing the sale agreement, government had already paid Dr. Kasasa Shillings 1.1billion in installments of Shillings 186 million in 2006 and Shillings 184 million in 2007.   

However, in August 2011, the Auditor General, John Muwanga wrote the IG citing irregularities surrounding the purchase of the land. The same letter was copied to the Solicitor General and Attorney General.  

In his August 16th, 2011 letter, Muwanga noted that it was unlikely that Uganda Land Commission had sought guidance from the Attorney General before entering a contract with Dr. Kasasa. He revealed that that Commission had failed to provide information as to whether it had consulted the Attorney General in regards to the transaction. 

He also observed that the Lands Ministry had had failed to provide patent details and an evaluation report detailing how the purchase price was reached.  Muwanga had found out that ownership of the land was being contested by the family of the later Sir Edward Muteesa, the Sekabaka of Buganda and that of the late, William Serwada from Mutungo.    

While testifying before the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire Commission this morning, Muwanga said that he recommended that the Inspectorate of Government looks into the land purchase and the officer who signed on behalf of government be brought to book. 

He also observed that the sale agreement is null and void since the office of the Attorney General was never consulted before the agreement was signed.

 

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Muwanga noted that he is yet to receive a response from the Inspectorate of Government since he authored the letter in 2011. Raphael Baku was the acting Inspector of General of Government in 2011.    

The Commission Deputy Lead Counsel, John Bosco Rujagaata asked Muwanga if it is logical that government enters a sale agreement after payment and sets interest on money, which is partially paid.   

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Dr. Kasasa is currently demanding Shillings 26.4 billion from government following accumulated interest. While appearing before the Commission last month, the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana who okayed the compensation, said Auditor General shouldn’t be concerned with the sale agreements but focus on accounts.   

He explained that the figure was reached by qualified people from the Finance Ministry who negotiated with the vendor.  

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