Brendah Lutaya says Gume is the patron of G10, a group of rich businessmen and women within Busoga sub region, where the deceased was a member.
Late. Fredrick Lutaya, internet photo.
The family of the late,
Fredrick Ssejjemba Lutaya is accusing the State Minister for Cooperatives and Bulamogi
North West Member of Parliament, Fredrick Gume of denying them access to the
deceased’s property in Jinja and Bugweri districts.
The complainants are Damali Mwebaza, Cynthia Kabiite, Tendo
Lutaya, Brendah Lutaya and Jackyline Lutaya. They allege that Guma who was a
friend to their deceased father, has denied them access to his property
comprising of a 10 bed roomed house on plot 10 Hajji Tarmarc village in Jinja
municipality, rentals and family house in Busesa town council in Bugweri
Brendah Lutaya says Gume is the patron of G10, a group of
rich businessmen and women within Busoga sub region, where the deceased was a
member. “Dad was a member of the G10, however, after his death on December 26th,
2018. Gume and his group have refused to leave our property and instead use
police to drive us away,” she said.
Adding that, “efforts to seek redress from local authorities
and police have turned futile as non is willing to intervene.” The deceased’s
brother, John Lutaya, says Gume has connived with their clan leader, Canan
Malongo to deny the children a share of their late father’s property on grounds
that women are not entitled to any form of inheritance.
“Gume has resorted to connive with our clan leader, Malongo,
arguing that ifthe late Lutaya, never
bore male children, female ones are not entitled to any form of inheritance,
because they can always earn wealth from their marriages. This is wrong, and I
can’t accept it because these girls already have letters of administration to
the deceased’s estates,” he said.
Gume confirmed to URN in a phone interview that he is a
member of the G10 and was a friend to the deceased but denies harboring
intentions of grabbing his property. He says G10 as a group is not
concerned with any of their members’ property when they pass away.
“Our aim is mainly socializing though at times we invest our
resources together. However, when one of our members dies, G10 doesn’t involve
itself in property sharing all we do is award members a decent burial and the
rest remains under the command of family,” he adds.
The Jinja Central police commander, Vincent Irama, says they
have advised the family to seek court redress as the matter in contention is
civil in nature and not befitting police intervention.