State House disowns Minister Amongi on Presidential Directives to the Land Fund
The office of the President has diswoned claims by Lands Minister Betty Amongi, that it directed her to draw huge sums of money from the land fund to pay- off claimants .
This has been revealed by the Principle Private Secretary to the President Molly Kamukama as she appeared before the Land Probe Commission Chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire this morning.
Kamukama told the Commission that when petitions concerning land matters reach her office , she usually writes back and directs the relevant ministry to manage , investigate the complaints and at the end write a report back to her.
She testified that Minister Amongi did not heed to these instructions and she went a head to direct payments from the land fund, without reporting back to the office of the President.
Kamukama further told the commission that she believes Minister Amongi is a competent public servant who can assess whether the claim is valid or not, after an investigation.
Kamukama was summoned by the Commission to explain Presidential directives allegedly issued by the President’s office regarding payments from the Land Fund.
The Commission Chair Justice Catherine Bamugemereire has now suggested to Kamukama that the office of the president, shouldn’t wait for the Land Probe Commission’s report and recommendations to deal with such people, who have stolen money from the Land Fund and deprived the rightful beneficiaries of their Compensation.