On Wednesday, Denis Kahabura, the Kibaale Senior Registrar of Land Title; Baker Mugaino (the Commissioner of Land Registration), and Yasin Bogezi Swal (Senior Government Valuer) were faulted for negligence leading to the loss of taxpayers' money.
Parliament on the Committee of Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State
Enterprises – COSASE have proposed a move to recover 2.039 billion Shillings that
was paid to Natalia Namuli, a ‘ghost recipient’ in a land compensation scam.
The land in question measuring 516 hectares, approximately two square miles,
has been linked to the late Antwane Kalete in Kibaale District. It was
purportedly being administered by his surviving daughter, Namuli, 79, who sold
it to the Government in 2015 through the Uganda Land Commission – ULC.
appearing before the MPs on Wednesday, Denis Kahabura, the Kibaale Senior
Registrar of Land Title; Baker Mugaino (the Commissioner of Land Registration),
and Yasin Bogezi Swal (Senior Government Valuer) were faulted for negligence
leading to the loss of taxpayers' money.
argue that the three officials did not do due diligence in verifying the
requisite documents thus causing a loss of funds to the Government. They also
wondered why the land was hurriedly surveyed on July 17 2020, and five days
later on July 22 same month, the title was processed.
While it was a total lockdown period due to the outbreak of covid-19, the MPs
also queried how quick the process was possible to process court documents
prompting Namuli to travel from Kagadi to Kampala to seek legal services.
Kiwanuka, the Mukono North MP and also the Shadow Internal Affairs
Minister wondered why after the Government disbursed the money, the title
for the land has never been transferred to the Uganda Land Commission – ULC.
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County MP Elijah Okupa observed that the whole land transaction was a scam
and the suspects involved including officials from the ULC and the Ministry of
Lands, Housing and Urban Development knew it was an illegality.
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Mugulusi the Undersecretary and Accounting Officer at ULC disclosed that they
have already put a caveat on the land to enable the Government to recover its
money that was erroneously disbursed to the claimants.
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Committee Chairperson Joel Ssenyonyi observed that while the title was not
transferred in time, it was a blessing in disguise because the ULC bought land
from fraudulent owners, a process that would later be challenged in court.
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than two months now, the Committee has been investigating the land sale which
prompted the unlawful initiation of 10.6 billion Shillings in supplementary
expenditure to compensate six claimants among whom was Namuli.
findings have since revealed that a court order purportedly issued by the
Masindi High Court Judge, Justice Ralph Ochan gave Namuli the letter of
administration, and powers of the attorney to a city law firm, Lubega &
Buzibira Company Advocates, through which the Government disbursed the funds
By her confession in a police statement, Namuli, 79, has also since denied ever
owning the land in question. She also denied ever demanding land compensation
from the Government and equally protested her relationship with the deceased
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.