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Jinja Town Clerk Admits to Acquiring Land Fraudulently

Commissioners listen attentively to the senior assistant town clerk, Kirunda

Jinja Central Division Senior Assistant Town Clerk Abubaker Kirunda has admitted and accepted to surrender the land title of a plot of land he fraudulently acquired in Kimaka forest reserve.

This was after the land probe committee that has been camping in Jinja at Uganda Civil Service College since Tuesday quizzed him for securing a land title for the said land at a time the inspector of government was carrying out investigations.

Kirunda, the first official to be interrogated by the land probe faced a hard time responding to the numerous questions posed by the commissioners.

“I was misled by a land dealer in Jinja called Yahaya Kisakye to buy the said land; little did I intend to encroach on a forest reserve, but I can surrender its land title to you,” Kirunda said.

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the team leader, tasked Kirunda to put his confession in writing, which he did.

However, the senior town clerk was later suddenly moved out of the hall by police on the directive of the commissioners after he refused to give details about Kimaka forest reserve, what seemed “unwillingness to cooperate” with the committee.

The commissioner handed him over to investigators attached to the commission to interrogate him for further information that would be relevant to the probe committee, threatening to arrest him if he does not comply.

The probe commission is holding two different sessions in Jinja; one at the Uganda Civil service College and another at Bugembe town council headquarters.

Last week, the deputy Inspector General of Government Mariam Wangadya during her sensitization tour of local government leaders described Jinja district as the headquarter of corruption and land grabbing in Busoga and Uganda, basing on the numerous complaints received at the inspectorate.
Edward Nuume, the former secretary Jinja district land board has revealed to the commission that Kimaka forest reserve was divided into 18 plots.

He added that Mpumudde National Housing sewage lines land was equally sold off.

 

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