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Kayihura’s Former Aide Grilled Over Land Grabbing

Ambrose Murunga, the former aide of Gen. Kale Kayihura was on Wednesday grilled on allegations that he used his office to grab land from different land owners.

Appearing before the Commission of Inquiry into land matters in Kampala, Mr Murunga, a Kenyan national, was tasked to explain how he acquired different properties in Uganda yet he is Kenyan.

He was also tasked to explain allegations that he defrauded Margaret Mary Meri, a Primary School teacher, of her land and house valued at Shs200m.  Meri had told the Commission that Murunga made her to sign transfer agreements under duress and yet he did not complete the payment.

In response, Murunga told the Commission that he secured the properties while working as technical advisor to the Police and the Ministry of Defence between 2005 and 2013 before his consultancy contract was terminated.

He also said he has never been armed or provided armed escorts during his service with Ugandan security agencies.

He also dismissed accusations of being armed while negotiating land transactions in Luweero and other areas.

However, the Commission chairperson, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, tasked Murunga to renegotiate the titles he holds over Mailo land to prevent them from being forcefully recovered.

In 2013, Murunga was accused of evicting over 100 Bibanja holders in Luwero from their land.

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The Land Commission later discovered that he held titles for 255 acres of Mailo land he claimed to have purchased from what appears to be a ghost seller in the names of Rose Nalutaaya since her details could not be availed to the Commission.

It is also believed that Murunga used his connections and connivance with Ministry of Land officials in Kampala to acquire titles for plots 26, 31, 32 and 36 on block 726 in Gayaza, Bulemeezi in Luweero measuring 255 acres.

He claimed to have purchased the land at Shs 132 million.

 

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