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Museveni's PPS Records Statement with Land Probe :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Museveni's PPS Records Statement with Land Probe

Molly Kamukama, the Principal Private Secretary to the President has today recorded a statement with the Commission of Inquiry into land matters.
Molly Kamukama, the Principal Private Secretary to the President.
Molly Kamukama, the Principal Private Secretary to the President has today recorded a statement with the Commission of Inquiry into land matters.

Kamukama appeared at the National Archives Centre, where the Commission chaired by Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire is currently sitting and penned the statement.

Byamukama's statement with the Land Probe follows last week's testimony by Lands Minister Betty Amongi in which she alleged that some of the decisions for compensation to different people from the Land Fund had been prompted by directives from President Yoweri Museveni. This was after the Commission grilled her on micromanagement of the land fund.

“In a country where we run a presidential system where executive power is exercised on behalf of the President by the Minister, it becomes difficult, where you have a directive that must be followed up by the Minister. You will have no choice but to abide by,” Amongi then said.

It is alleged that in 2016, Amongi directed Albert Jethro Mugumya, the Under Secretary Uganda Land Commission to effect payment of Millions of Shillings to different beneficiaries from the Land Fund contrary to her mandate. 

Some of the documents before the Commission show that on November 23rd 2016, Amongi asked Mugumya to urgently pay out compensation of Shillings 620 million to nine people.

Amongi also asked Mugumya in an October 31st, 2016 letter to pay special consideration to two patients.

In her letter, Amongi directed Mugumya to give Victoria Kakoko-Sebagereka an advance payment of Shillings 100 million as part of the Shillings 776.7 million claim on account that the recipient was very sick and needed treatment abroad. She also directed Mugumya to pay another Shillings 50 million of the Shillings 210 million claim to Kuriash Barinda of Isingiro district.

While appearing before the Commission earlier, Mugumya admitted that Amongi directed him to pay several people under 'special requests'. He declined to explain the "special requests" but admitted that the minister's involvement amounted to micro- management of the Land Fund contrary to her mandate and established procedure.

Ebert Byenkya, the Land Probe Lead Counsel confirmed the recording of a statement by Kamukama ahead of her planned interface with the Commission.

However, Kamukama could not be cross examined today as planned. Byenkya says that she had not carried some of the documents required in the investigation.

Byenkya who communicated that Kamukama would be appearing before the commission later on said that in part of her written statement; Kamukama seems not to indicate the payments from the Land Fund were presidential directives.

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