Interdicted Lands Commissioner Kulata Sues IGG

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Interdicted commissioner in the ministry of lands, Sarah Kulata, has dragged the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Raphael Baku to court for keeping her out of office and yet court cleared her of criminal charges preferred against her early last month.

Interdicted commissioner in the ministry of lands, Sarah Kulata, has dragged the Inspector General of Government (IGG) Raphael Baku to court for keeping her out of office and yet court cleared her of criminal charges preferred against her early last month.

Kulata, through her lawyers of Okecha Baranyanga and Co Advocates, filed the suit before the High Court in Kampala on Friday.

She wants court to quash the IGG’s decision to keep her out of office even when she was cleared by the court.

On November 7th last year, Kulata then working as lands commissioner, was interdicted by the permanent Secretary ministry of lands Gabindadde Musoke on the orders of the IGG to pave way for investigations into her case that was before the Anti Corruption Court.

Kulata had been accused of parceling out land worth over Shs11billion to Kikoyongo Investment Ltd believed not to be the owners. Buton January 11th this year, the Anti Corruption Court discontinued charges against her.

Court ruled that the IGG is barred from prosecuting Kulata since there was a civil matter against her in connection to the very case before another court.

However, shortly after Kulata won the court case, the IGG appealed against the discontinuation of abuse of office charges before the appellate court. The appeal has not been heard so far.

Kulata now wants court to compel the IGG to withdraw his directive of keeping her on interdiction after court found her intended prosecution illegal.

She states that even if the IGG has appealed against her acquittal, she remains free until such a time when the court of appeal determines on the matter.

She also wants costs and damages for the unlawful acts of the IGG for maliciously keeping her out of office and the embarrassment caused to her.

Court is yet to summon the IGG to file his reply to the suit before the trial date can be fixed.