Rukaari is one of the beneficiaries of the 57 acres of land that the government sold in 2009 in Nsambya and Kibuli at a cost of 69.5 billion Shillings as a means to salvage the then struggling Railways Corporation. At the time, Rukaari had acquired three plots of the URC land in Port Bell and Mulago at 357 million Shillings.
A copy of the IG letter to Rukaari through the Speaker of Parliament
The Inspectorate of Government – IG has given Mbarara City North
legislator Robert Mwesigwa Rukaari up to December 6, 2021, to
submit relevant documents regarding Uganda Railway Corporation land transactions at
Rukaari is one of the beneficiaries of the 57 acres of land
that the government sold in 2009 in Nsambya and Kibuli at a cost of 69.5 billion Shillings as a means to salvage the then struggling Railways Corporation.
At the time, Rukaari had acquired three plots of the URC land in Port Bell and
Mulago at 357 million Shillings.
However, a decade later, URC has reportedly not received the payment from the sale of the land in question prompting an investigation by
the Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State
Enterprises - COSASE.
On Tuesday, the legislator was questioned alongside other
beneficiaries of the land by the committee led by Nakawa
West MP Joel Ssenyonyi. He, stunned the committee after he said he does not remember nor
have receipts for the purchase of the said land.
Later, he displayed before the committee receipts for the payment
of 10 per cent for the three plots of the acquired land. The MP also narrated
to the committee that after obtaining the land in Nsambya, he donated it to his
personnel because the two plots were less than an acre.
Now, a letter written and
signed by Anne Twinomugisha Muhairwe, the Deputy Inspector General of Government on November 30, 2021, indicates that the IG has pocked interest in the matter and commenced investigations
on the same. He has been asked to present applications for land at Uganda Railways Corporation, Sales Agreements, receipts
or proof of purchase, evidence of ownership of the plots and any other
documents that relate to the above matter.
"This investigation is premised on the allegation
that you illegally acquired plots of land from the Uganda Railway Corporation which
caused financial loss to the government of Uganda...The required documents should be delivered to the Inspectorate of
Government as soon as possible but not later than December
6, 2021,” the letter reads.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.