Corruption: Jailed MP Sam Bitangaro and a couple granted bail.
Makindye Chief Magistrates court has granted Bufumbira South MP Sam Bitangaro bail of 7 mshs cash, which he has to pay before leaving prison custody, where he spent the weekend on charges of defrauding Government 1.5 bn shs through selling it anon-existent piece of land.
Bintagaro and 3 other people were last Thursday remanded to Luzira prison by a grade two magistrate John Okipi on grounds that he had no jurisdiction to take their plea.
Today the four have re- appeared before Chief Magistrate Prossy Katushabe amidst tight security where they have pleaded not guilty to 7 counts .
The group through their lawyers ; Peter Kabatsi , Caleb Alaka and Geoffrey Kandeebe applied to be released on bail which application was objected to by the Resident State Attorney Baston Baguma.
However magistrate Katushabe found their surities substantial and released each of the 4 suspects on a cash bail of 7mshs and ordered their 12 surities to each sign a noncash bond of 200mshs.
The non-existence pieces of land allegedly sold by Bitangaro and co-suspects is situated at Kassanda and Gomba districts respectively and according to prosecution the land was meant to resettle over 2,579 that had been evicted from Luwunga central Forest reserve in Kiboga district.
Bitangaro is jointly charged with a City Lawyer John Francis Onyango , a one William Tumwine; an official working with Uganda Women Entrepreneurship program at the Gender Ministry and his wife Stellah Kakuba who are also said to have falsely obtained 1.6bn shillings from government through a fradulent sale of a sham piece of land at Kassanda.
The group that was arrested by the State House Anti-corruption unit has faced charges of obtaining money by false pretences, fraudulent procurement of title, fraud on sale or mortgage of property, and conspiracy to defraud in regard to sale and acquisition of land, which was meant to resettle the 2,579 evictees.
Bitangaro , Tumwine and Kakuba in 2014 allegedly presented themselves to have good and marketable tittles for land in Gomba and Kassanda whereas not and connived with Onyango who was lawyer representing the evictees under their umbrella organisation Kiboga Twegatte co-operative savings Ltd to issue false inspection reports regarding the 2 contentious pieces of land .
The four have been ordered to return to court on 12th/February to as investigations into their case continue.