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Bamugemereire arrests Kayihura aide over land grab  

Ambrose Murunga [NBS TV photo]

The lands inquiry Commission on Friday detained Kenyan national, Ambrose Murunga Wekesa, for trying to evict over 100 families from their land in Luweero.

Murunga from early 2005 until 2013 was the Technical Advisor to Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura.

The Kenyan national is believed to have fraudulently acquired land titles for 255 acres of Mailo land from which he had been trying to evict bonafide occupants.

He claimed to have purchased the disputed land from what appears to be a ghost seller in the names Rose Nalutaaya whose details could not be availed to the Commission.

Murunga is believed to have used his connections in connivance with Ministry of Lands officials in Kampala to acquire titles for plots 26, 31, 32 and 36 on block 726 in Gayaza, Bulemezi in Luweero measuring 255 acres. He claimed to have purchased the land at 132 million shillings.

He claimed that he was born at Mulago hospital in October 1968 to a Ugandan mother Margret Nanyonjo. But a photocopy of his passport showed that he was born in Kenya's Transzoia District.

It was discovered that Murunga carries a Ugandan and Kenyan birth certificates. He also testified that his children also possess birth certificates from Kenya and Uganda.

The Commission's Assistant Lead Counsel, John Bosco Suuza, questioned Murunga about his true birth place adding that he may have committed an offence in Kenya by uttering a false birth certificate.

Suuza asked Murunga to read Article 327(2C) of the Ugandan constitution and Section 40 subsection 4 of Land Act.

Defends arrest of witness

Meanwhile, Bamugemereire has defended the arrest witnesses for not cooperating with the commission or obstructing justice.

There have been sentiments that the Commission has been selective in ordering arrests leaving out persons like Wakiso District Staff Surveyor, Dr James Batume and Namayingo RDC, Ian Kyeyune over encroaching on Nonve Island.

Dr Batume has also been named in other dubious land transactions in Wakiso including apportioning some to himself.

Bamugemereire says the Commission has the discretion to decide at what point witnesses can be compelled to provide it with more information.

She says the arrests have saved the Commission of situations where because of impunity people would be tempted to tamper with the Commission's documents.

Bamugemereire explained that the arrested had refused to cooperate as required by the Commission Of Inquiries Act.

She emphasized that arrests were not connected the irregularities under probe.

Source: URN

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