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Bamugemereire Commission Makes More Arrests in Jinja

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Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire is heading the Land Probe

The Catherine Bamugemereire headed commission of inquiry into land issues has caused the arrest of Yahaya Kisakye, a fraudster who has been masquerading as Personal Assistant to Speaker Rebecca Kadaga to grab people’s property and public land.

Kisakye who appeared before the commission on Wednesday insisted he had papers of ownership of the government forestry land at Kimaka, Jinja.

He told the commission that the land initially belonged to his fallen grandfather James Wako who gave it to his father Ahamada Wakhooli before it was transferred to him.

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Bamugemereire would later ask him to reappear before the commission on Thursday at 9am with the relevant papers proving ownership of the said forest reserve land.

But by 10:30am, Kisakye was nowhere to be seen, prompting the commission lead Counsel, Erbert Isaiah Byenkya to ask the commission Chairperson to issue warrant of arrest for him.

Kisakye was then picked up by police operatives, about 30 minutes after issuance of the verbal warrant.

More officials grilled

The commission also questioned former senior Staff surveyor at the Ministerial zonal office Jinja, Ibrahim Magemeso over his involvement in the giveaway of the Kimaka Forest reserve.

They faulted him for authorisation of mismanagement of land belonging to Uganda Railway corporation in Walukuba, where 58 plots where chopped off the railway land.

Commissioners also ordered Magemesa to adduce the relevant documents indicating all the land given out with his consent.

The Managing Director for Uganda Railway Corporation, Charles Kateeba was also implicated in the mismanagement of Uganda Railways land in Jinja.

Kateba, 61, offered to adduce a copy of how Jinja railway land was subdivided in 2006.

The commission closes its Jinja session on Friday.

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