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Commission Stops Payment of UGX 13b for Disputed Land :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Commission Stops Payment of UGX 13b for Disputed Land

This includes Seven billion Shillings, meant for compensating beneficiaries of the Estate of the late Sir Edward Muteesa and an additional 6 billion Shillings for compensating Robert Mwesigwa, the Chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement NRM party Entrepreneurs League.
The Land Probe has blocked payments totaling 13 billion from the Uganda Land Fund.

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The Commission of Inquiry into land matters has stopped the payment of 13 billion Shillings from the Land Fund for two disputed pieces of land.  

This includes Seven billion Shillings, meant for compensating beneficiaries of the Estate of the late Sir Edward Muteesa and an additional 6 billion Shillings for compensating Robert Mwesigwa, the Chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Entrepreneurs League.

The beneficiaries of the Estate of the late Sir Edward Muteesa are engulfed in a battle with Dr Muhammed Buwule Kasasa over ownership of the land on plots 56, 48, 49 and 29 on Mutungo Hill.

The Commission has received information that the disputed land is a subject of compensation by the Uganda Land Commission using the Land Fund, where a sum of 2.4bllion has so far been paid," reads the letter signed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.  The letter addressed to the Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi and Finance Minister Matia Kasaija asking them to halt further payment on the said land.

"Various orders have been issued and the land has been variously encumbered. This land has at least five caveats on its title," Bamugemereire notes in her letter adding that finance shouldn't pay out compensation for the disputed land to avoid causing financial loss to the government.

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She equally stopped payment of six billion Shillings to American Procurement Company Inc. (AMPROC), a company owned by Robert Mwesigwa, the Chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party Entrepreneurs League.

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Last Month, Mwesigwa appeared before the Land Probe to explain circumstances under, which he received compensation for land in the 'lost counties' of Buyaga and Bugangaizi. The Commission learnt that Mwesigwa received 450 million Shillings in 2016, another 100 million Shillings in January 2017 and 3.6 billion Shillings in June 2017.

The Commission also learnt that the land didn't belong to Mwesigwa despite receiving the compensation money. But in his defence, Mwesigwa claimed that he bought the interests of Pastor, Daniel Walugembe of Prayer Centre Church in Wandegeya from the Uganda Land Commission after he approached him in dire need of money to clear an outstanding loan with Kenya Commercial Bank. The Land Fund owed Walugembe 8.6 billion Shillings arising from his compensation claim.

He told the Commission that he signed an agreement giving irrevocable powers of attorney to Jacob L Oulanyah and Company Advocates to process the payment from Uganda Land Commission, adding Walugembe agreed to share with him the 8.6 billion Shillings compensation from the Land Fund equally.

The Commission has since learnt that Walugembe was just an agent for another claimant.

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