Lands Minister’s grilling enters day two
The Commission of inquiry into land matters has entered day two interfacing with the Minister of lands Betty Amongi over fraudulent acquision of government land using her Amobet Investment company.
The commission Chairperson Justice Catherine Bamugemereire has tasked the Minister to explain whether it is safe for the country to have a minister like het who attempts to steal government property.
Justice Bamugemereire pointed out to the Minister that the law bars her ; her spouse ; relatives and her private company to hold any transaction with government bodies.
The Commission accused the Minister of getting involved in controversial land deals which result into loss of government land .
The commission yesterday heard that the Minister was hiding behind her company to acquire several government properties within the city, in a period of only 1 year and nine months, she has been in office.
Now Lead Counsel Ebert Byenkya has started taking on the Minister through the issue of the Land Fund and whether the Land Fund has a bank account.
The Minister in response said the fund has no account and there is need to Operationalise it as an independent entity, from Uganda Land Commission whose budget was supporting it.