• Posted on: 17 July 2018
  • By: Presenters

The Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters has issued fresh summons for Minister of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Eng. Hillary Onek after he failed to turn up before the Commission today in regard to allegations that he threatened former Tooro Kingdom Premier Steven Irumba over his land currently occupied by refugees.

According to the commission's lead counsel Ebert Byenkya, the minister is reported to have traveled to India for treatment.

Byenkya has told the Commission Chairperson Justice Catherine Bamugemereire that the minister wrote to the commission indicating that he was unable to appear today because he traveled to India for treatment on Sunday.

In his letter dated 13th July, 2018 Minister Onek promised to avail himself to the commission as soon as he returns to the country.

Last week the Commission summoned Minister Onek following claims that on 7th July, 2018 he attacked, verbally abused and threatened Irumba, whom he dubbed an enemy of the state.

Irumba told the Commission last week that his land at Kyaka village, Kyegegwa District measuring 200 hectares had been taken over by the Office of the Prime Minister to host refugees without his consent.

He explained that when he contacted Onek, the Minister insulted him for petitioning the Commission.

Meanwhile, city businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba also failed to report before the commission today as earlier scheduled because he traveled abroad yesterday.

Basajjabalaba is wanted before the Commission for allegedly acquiring land in protected areas.

Justice Bamugemereire directed the Commission Secretariat to ensure that fresh summons are issued for both Minister Onek and Basajjabalaba to appear before the Commission as soon as they are available.