Bamugemereire Land Commission: Tooro Queen Mother breaks down as she defends herself Over alleged Land Grabbing
Tooro Kingdom Queen Mother Best Kemigisa tells the Land Probe Commission that the Land she sold was her husband’s private property he inherited from his father, and now that he is dead, her the widow and his two children are the beneficiaries.
Her Royal Highness who even broke down during her testimony, mantains the burial grounds at Kibitto and Kisomoro Subcounties, are well protected, and that the claim by her inlaws led by Prince Gilbert Mujyoja is baseless and out of jealousy since they didn’t want her to get married to the late King Patrick Mathew Olimi Kaboyo III.
However she has told the Commission Chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire that out of the 4.6billion shillings she was supposed to get from the Land she sold to Government she only received one billion from her Lawyer Bob Kasango.
She explained that the reason why she sold 11 parcels of her husband’s land was that it was heavily occupied by squatters whom she wanted to protect from eviction.
Evidence before the Commission shows that upon the death of her husband, King Patrick Mathew Olimi Kaboyo III in August 1995, the Queen Mother acquired letters of administration as a sole administrator of the estate in 1999, which formed basis for transfer of the land into her names and subsequent sale of the Royal Family Land.