The Commission of Inquiry into the Roads Authority today learnt that the money was paid to individuals who claimed ownership of forest reserves, swamps and wetlands.
Mary Kuteesa the commission’s lead counsel says, apart from the swamps and forest reserves being constitutionally owned by Government, it was against the law for the Uganda National Roads Authority to compensate individuals for the land they did not own.
The money was allegedly paid out in the financial Year 2014/2015.
The inquiry headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire is probing how Shs 20bn was paid in a bogus compensation scheme.
Kamoga Mohammed, a brick layer, farmer and land broker and two of his associates Mugumya Hussein and Richard Sempagala, were paid Shs 4.1bn for land in a forest reserve along the 53km Entebbe-Kampala expressway project.
43 others were paid Shs 20bn for land in Lubijji swamp in Busega, in Kajjansi Forest Reserve which is owned by government.
More Shs 6bn had been planned for land owners in the Nambigirwa/Mpala swamp.
Also, Ephraim Ntaganda, a businessman acquired a freehold title for 148 acres in Lubijji wetland 20 days after government had received a title for the same land to construct the expressway.
He was compensated Shs 18bn for 2.5 acres of land.
The total money swindled in bogus compensations to Shs 38bn.
The Entebbe-Kampala expressway will cost government $476m (Shs 1.6 tn).
The Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya scandal
Last month, it was discovered that UNRA officials created 9 ‘ghost’ kilometres on Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya road.
The actual length of the Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya road in the Albertine region is 83km, not the 92km as the public has been made to believe.
Each kilometer on the Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya road cost government Shs 3.2bn to construct, making it the most costly road in the region.
If it happens that the 9km that could not be accounted for were non-existent, then government lost more than Shs 29bn.
Hoima-Kaiso-Tonya road is estimated to have cost government Shs 314bn.
The commission investigating corruption in the roads sector, headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, was shocked when Pamela Ayebale Kemigisha, the land acquisition specialist at UNRA, produced a street map, which showed the road started at Hoima and ended at Tonya, a distance of 83km.