UNRA: 3 brothers ordered to refund Shs 4bn compensation
Three brothers, Hassan Mugumya, Richard Ssempagana and Ronald Kamoga have been ordered to refund over Shs 4bn that they were irregularly paid for their family land during the construction of Kampala-Entebbe Express Highway.
The chairperson of the commission of inquiry of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Justice Catherine Bamugemereire tasked the three brothers to explain how they acquired land titles for land owned by the National forest Authority (NFA).
During interrogation, the commission found out that the trio, had no documentations proving ownership of the land by their parents apart from a will and neither did they have any prove that they were children of the deceased.
Although Shs 4bn was released from UNRA and paid to the brothers through a Diamond Trust Bank account, Mugumya received Shs 850m, while Kamoga and Ssempangana got Shs 1bn each leaving Shs 1.15bn unaccounted. There is suspicion that the money may have been paid as kickbacks to either Ministry of Lands or UNRA officials.
Mugumya told the commission that they only presented the will and they were handed a land tittle by the Land Registration department. Andrew Kasirye the Commission’s lead counsel said it was interesting how the three managed to get a land tittle without any documentation from the Administrator General confirming the death of the alleged owner of the land and administration of his estates.
The commission has summoned Sarah Kulata, Commissioner General Land Registration Department to explain the peculiar circumstance under which this land tittle and many others in wetlands and forest reserves were issued.
Attempts by the brothers’ lawyer, Allan Mulindwa to object to the commission’s questioning the clients were futile. Mulindwa had gone to the commission with a written text answering to the queries initially raised by the commission. He did not want the commission to further question his clients. He was ordered was chased out of the commission by Justice Bamugemereire.
The trio are going to be subjected to a DNA to ascertain in indeed they are brothers.