MINISTER NAMUGANZA SUMMONED OVER MUBENDE LAND EVICTIONS
The Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters has summoned State Minister for Lands, Persis Namuganza over the eviction of 3,000 bibanja holders from 16 villages in Mubende district.
The villages include Nakasagazi, Kibalagazi, Kakakanembe, Bukyamuzi, Kisombe and Mulanda among others.
Commission Chairperson Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, directed that Namuganza appears before her Commission on Tuesday 7th August, 2018 to explain circumstances under which she brokered a deal that saw some of the land eviction victims and a suspected land grabber Milly Naava meet President Yoweri Museveni at State House, Entebbe a month ago.
Also expected to appear together with Namuganza is Mubende Woman Member of Parliament Benny Namugwanya, who is also the State Minister for Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
The Commission is handling a petition filed against Naava over the eviction. Information before the Probe Commission indicates that the land in dispute belonged to one Edith Nakabugo, who bequeathed it to her 15 children when she died in 2007. Nakabugo who was an only-child inherited the land from her father Zakaliya Kikonyogo.
But Naava, a daughter to one of the 15 beneficiaries has since repossessed part of the land and evicted tenants. Herman Byakatonda, one of the people evicted by Naava, last week told the Commission that Naava attempted to con President Yoweri Museveni of 4 billion Shillings claiming ownership of the three-square-mile piece of land.
The witness said that the transaction had been facilitated by State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza and Mubende Woman MP, Benny Namugwanya.
Last year in September, Naava appeared as a witness at the Probe Commission to respond to accusations of evicting bibanja holders and was branded an imposter. She was then detained for allegedly trying to conceal information and giving unsatisfactory answers.
Last week, Justice Bamugemereire, issued arrest warrants for Naava and a one Blasio Lule when the Commission Lead Counsel Ebert Byenkya said they had shunned initial summons.