Tourism Minister Accused Of Grabbing Deceased Sister's Property

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Asha Egunyu Komuhendo, a daughter to the former Presidential Advisor on Legal Affairs, Fiona Egunyu, has accused State Minister for Tourism Agnes Akiror Egunyu of deliberately trying to grab her mothers property.

Asha Egunyu Komuhendo, a daughter to the former Presidential Advisor on Legal Affairs, Fiona Egunyu, has accused State Minister for Tourism Agnes Akiror Egunyu of deliberately trying to grab her mother's property.
 
Komuhendo, 20, told Uganda Radio Network that the minister who is also a sister to the deceased, wants her brother Peter Araali Baguma out of the house in Kyaliwajala, Namugongo. This is despite the fact that President Yoweri Museveni had promised to clear the outstanding bill on the house that Egunyu had acquired on a mortgage and to pay for Komuhendo's education.

Komuhendo, a student at Kabojja International School, is now seeking audience with President Museveni to air her grievances.

Fiona Egunyu, a former Member of Parliament for Ngora County in Kumi district, died in September last year and was buried in Omiito-Agule village, Kapir Sub-county in Ngora District which was against her wish.
 
Fiona Egunyu was married to the late Captain John Baguma who was a legal officer in the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF). He died in June 2012 and was buried in Kisomoro, Kabarole District.
 

According to Komuhendo, conflict with her aunt started during the burial of her mother who wished to be buried in Kabarole where Captain Baguma was buried. Minister Akiror politicised the issue and Egunyu was buried in Kumi.
 
President Museveni contributed 78 million shillings towards the burial expenses.
 
Komuhendo claims that shortly after the burial, Minister Akiror ordered that all the family property be moved from the Kyaliwajala house yet she does not know where to store it. 
 
Komuhendo goes ahead to claim that the minister has worked to deliberately alienate them from the rest of their maternal family. The minister is also allegedly holding onto two land titles in Wakiso that belonged to the deceased. She says that Minister Akiror wants them to sell off the land the family owns in Kabarole. Komuhendo is against this.
 
The visibly stressed Komuhendo says the Minister has threatened to terminate her State House scholarship if she dares oppose her. Komuhendo wants to be allowed to choose a guardian of her own not the Minister who is using her position to impose herself on them.
 
When Uganda Radio Network contacted Teddy Acham, one of Fiona Egunyu's aunts, she confirmed there was a misunderstanding in the family which arose from the burial of Fiona Egunyu in Kumi, her ancestral home, yet she had willed to be buried at her marital home.
 
Acham, a ruling NRM party mobiliser, said she had not talked to Komuhendo recently and promised to find her and talk about the family issues. She promised to raise the children's concerns with President Yoweri Museveni when she gets the chance.

Minister Akiror has not commented on this story. She is reportedly out of the country on official duties.

 

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