Land Grabber Attempted to Con UGX 4 billion from Museveni Top story

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In September 2017, Naava appeared before the Land Commission to respond to accusations of evicting 3,000 Bibanja holders from 16 villages on three-square miles of land in Mubende.

A suspected land grabber in Mubende attempted to con President, Yoweri Museveni of Shillings 4 billion the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire Land Commission heard on Monday.

While testifying before the Commission, Herman Byakatonda, a witness told the Commissioner that Milly Naava attempted to con Museveni of Shillings 4 billion in exchange a square mile of land a month ago. He claimed that the transaction had been facilitated by State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza and Mubende Woman MP, Benny Namugwanya.

The Commission lead counsel Ebert Byenkya asked the witness to narrate the events of the meeting. In his response, Byakatonda said that the President realized the plot when he quizzed Naava about the outcome of her prior appearance. Naava reportedly lied to the President, saying the dispute had been resolved prompted Byakatonda to interject, saying Naava was still under investigation.

"We met President Museveni at State House and when he asked Naava what she wanted, she responded that she wanted to sell to him a square mile of land at Shillings 4 billion. I realized she wanted to sell land that did not belong to her," Byakatonda testified.

Byakatonda said he explained to Museveni that he had occupied the disputed land since his birth prompting Museveni President to promise to send a verification team to ascertain the claims. In September 2017, Naava appeared before the Land Commission to respond to accusations of evicting 3,000 Bibanja holders from 16 villages on three-square miles of land in Mubende. 

The villages include Nakasagazi, Kibalagazi, Kibalagazi, Kakakanembe, Bukyamuzi, Kisombe and Mulanda among others. She was detained by Commission for allegedly trying to conceal information.

On Monday, Byakatonda told the Commission that Naava she keeps in the company of security personnel led by Major Eric Kigambwoha, whom she reportedly uses to intimidate villagers. He also told the Commission that in 2014, Naava grabbed his 35 acre piece of land.

He claimed that he inherited 20 acres from his father Francis Muhindo and about the remaining 15 acres from his uncle Byekwaso Kulabirawo in 1992. According to Byakatonda, he reported the matter to Mubende Police station where he was asked a bribe of Shillings 2 million, with the officers saying the people involved were powerful army men.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire issued arrest warrants for Naava and Lule Blasio when Byenkya said they have shunned summons to appear.


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Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.