Jinja Town Clerk Quizzed Over Fraudulent Land Acquisition

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Committee Chairperson Justice Catherine Bamugemereire tasked Jinja Central Division Senior Assistant Town Clerk Abubaker Kirunda to explain circumstances under which he obtained part of the forest reserve, found in Kimaka-Mpumudde division, Jinja municipality. The reserve sits on 20 acres of land.

Jinja Central Division Senior Assistant Town Clerk Abubaker Kirunda has been forced to surrender a title of a piece of land he fraudulently acquired in Kimaka Forest Reserve.

This after the land probe committee now camping in Jinja quizzed him for securing a title for the said land during a time it was under investigation by the Inspector General of Government.

Committee Chairperson Justice Catherine Bamugemereire tasked him to explain circumstances under which he obtained part of the forest reserve, found in Kimaka-Mpumudde division, Jinja municipality. The reserve sits on 20 acres of land.

Kirunda, the first official to face the committee in Jinja, said that he was misled by one Yahaya Kisakye, a land dealer in Jinja to buy the said land adding that he did not have any intentions to encroach on a forest reserve. He was however tasked to put his confession in writing before surrendering the said land title.

Kirunda was later whisked out of the hall on the directive of the commission after he declined to divulge details about the said transaction. Police is now investigating how he acquired land in a forest reserve.

The probe commission is holding two different sessions in Jinja, one at the Uganda Civil service College and another at Bugembe Town Council headquarters.

Last week, the deputy Inspector General of Government Mariam Wangadya during her sensitization tour of local government leaders described Jinja district as the headquarter of corruption and land grabbing in Busoga and Uganda basing on the numerous complaints received at the inspectorate.

Edward Nume, the former secretary Jinja district land board has revealed to the commission that Kimaka forest reserve was divided into 18 plots. He adds that Mpumudde National Housing sewage lines land was equally sold off.