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UPDF Officer Used ‘Bogus' Name to Claim Mubende Land

The meeting minutes recorded army officer Maj. Eric Kigambwoha with an additional name Mutebi and identified him as a grandson, landlord, and beneficiary of the estate of Zakariya Ssaku Kikonyogo. Kigambwoha was also introduced as a son of a one Henry Kaaya.
Some of the victims of the Mubende land evictions at the Land Commission.

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The Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters has learnt that a leader in the Mamba clan (Ow'omutuba) engineered a bogus name used by a senior army officer to claim benefits in the Mubende land saga.

The revelation was made during an interface between the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire led Commission and Ow'omutuba leader Blasio Lule at the National Archives and Records Centre.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, made reference to minutes of a meeting presided over by the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) former Chief Political Commissar Col. Felix Kulayigye in Kitule village, Mubende district on March 26 2014.

According to documents before the Land Commission, the meeting was convened over the eviction of 3,000 people in 2013 from a three-square-mile land, comprising 16 villages, on land registered as Block 60, Plot 1 in Butorogo Sub-County.

Those implicated in the eviction are Blasio Lule, Milly Naava, and Maj Eric Kigambwoha, who is attached to the Chieftaincy of Military Rehabilitation Centre in Mubende. The complaint before the Commission cites illegal eviction of people and pins Naava for using forged documents to claim ownership on the land.

Earlier witnesses alleged that Naava used army officers to evict people from the land, and offered soldiers land in exchange for security, and loyalty.

The meeting minutes recorded army officer Maj. Eric Kigambwoha with an additional name 'Mutebi' and identified him as a grandson, landlord, and beneficiary of the estate of Zakariya Ssaku Kikonyogo. Kigambwoha was also introduced as a son of a one Henry Kaaya.

Documents before the Commission indicate Edith Nakabugo as the owner of the estate and as the only daughter of Kikonyogo, who inherited his estate.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire questioned why a Mukiga tribesman Kigambwoha, was subject of a fabrication to create an impression that he was a Muganda. She put it to Blasio Lule that he together with Naava baptized Kigambwoha the name Mutebi. She added that the commission had confirmed that Blasio was part of the scheme.

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But Lule shifted blame to Naava, Kigambwoha and others saying that he was not part of the sinister and violent eviction. Ebert Byenkya, the Commission's Lead Counsel tasked Lule to explain his stake in the estate to which he answered that he was only appointed to provide leadership and resolve misunderstandings as clan leader.

But Byenkya criticized his statement saying evidence before the Commission shows he was the instigator of unrest. Byenkya said that instead of resolving, Blasio seems to be at the heart of the land dispute with several land beneficiaries disowning him as not a member of their family.

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On October 24 2017, Kigambwoha testified before the Commission claiming he had bought 50 acres of land from Naava, and others out of their free will. But Bamugemereire disclosed that evidence showed that Kigambwoha had forged a sale agreement, and coerced people to sign on it to create an impression that money exchanged hands, whereas not.

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