Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises - COSASE
has given Janet Kobusingye, the proprietor of Mestil Hotel and Residences up to
Monday 14 February next week to present relevant documents to prove ownership
of the land where the hotel was constructed.
The 3.6 acre-land that belonged to the Uganda Railways was compensation to
Kobusingye from the Uganda Lands Commission for her land in Naguru, which was taken
over by the government.
Kobusingye was appearing before COSASE for the second time, on Wednesday for
interrogation on how she acquired the land at Nsambya, a prime city suburb
She is among the 10 private investors the Committee has been investigating on
how they possessed the huge chunks of land belonging to the defunct Uganda
Rukiga County MP Roland Ndyomugyenyi, tasked Kobusingye to present before the
committee the sale and purchase agreement to prove how she acquired the Naguru
land. She however said that all the relevant documents relating to the land
were destroyed in a fire incident.
Joel Ssenyonyi, the Committee Chairperson and the Nakawa West MP said in
the previous meeting, Kobusingye told disclosed that the land in question was
given to her for free as part of her compensation for the land she lost in
committee questioned how Kobusingye got Nsambya land worth 69 billion shillings
as compensation for Naguru land worth 1.5 billion Shillings only.
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In November 2021, the Committee also probed the Mbarara City North MP Robert
Mwesigwa Rukaari, one of the beneficiaries how he possessed three plots of
the Railway land. At the time, Rukaari had acquired the three plots in
Port Bell and Mulago at 357 Million Shillings.
However, Rukaari shocked the committee when he said that does not remember
nor have receipts for the purchase of the said land before his case was
referred to the Inspectorate of Government for investigation.
the committee will cross-examine officials of the Ministry of Finance, Planning,
and Economic Development to understand more about the Uganda Railways land
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.