Bricklayers to refund Shs4bn in UNRA scam  


Justice Catherine Bamugemereire

The chairperson of the commission of inquiry of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, has asked three brick layers to refund the Shs4bn paid to them in a compensation scam.

The three, all brothers, are Hassan Mugumya, Richard Ssempagana and Ronald Kamoga.

The trio was paid Shs 4bn for their family land during the construction of Kampala-Entebbe Express Highway.

According to URN, UNRA wants to know 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.


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