Jinja LC3 Chairman Quizzed Over Sale, Grabbing of Govt Land

Jinja Central Division chairman, Mubarak Kirunda faced the commission of inquiry into land matters to respond to allegations that he connived with other district and government officials in Jinja to sell the contentious plot 60/62 on Visram road to businessman Simpson Birungi of Birus properties limited.

Birungi was recently quizzed for bribing government officials and fraudulently acquiring a land title for the plot that belonged to government; before demolishing the building that sat on it.

Today, the LC3 chairman denied involvement in the deal, telling the commission that by the time the building was demolished, he was in Masaka attending a workshop.

This, the commission found out however, was a lie, and Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire was particularly infuriated.

“We very well know that you participated in looting of the merchandise after the building was demolished,” Bamugemereire told the chairman.

He was also accused of receiving huge sums of money before accepting to be part of the deal that saw the building in the heart of the town he headed demolished.

The commissioners also accused Kirunda of conniving with the then Town Clerk, RDC and Mayor Muhammad Baswale Kezaala to grab government properties in the district to enrich themselves.

Kezaala, the former Democratic Party chairman was early this year appointed by President Museveni as Deputy Ambassador.

Kirunda was also accused of shielding big shots in Jinja who are part of the thieving racket.

Bamugemereire in a rare occasion asked Kirunda to mention the wealth he declared to the IGG as being in his possession.

The commission stunned by the houses and other properties located in prime areas including Kampala that the man who calls himself the President of Jinja possesses.

“It is deplorable and immoral that you have taken corruption to another level,” the incensed Bamugemereire told Kirunda.

“There is nothing wrong with being wealthy but it is not good depleting the people you head.”

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