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Land Probe Orders Rukutana To Explain Shs8b Payment For Contested Piece Of Land

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire has given Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana up to 14 days to explain how he authorized payment of Shs8 billion in interest for a contested piece of land in Mutungo, a Kampala suburb.

 

The land comprising 12 plots belonged to Dr. Muhammad Kasasa, 80, and was purchased by government at a cost of Shs2.4bn in 2002.

 

However, last week, Dr Kasasa told the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters that whereas he was supposed to be paid the money, some men claiming to be security operatives took it away from him.

 

The Commission also discovered that Dr Kasasa was supposed to be paid an extra Shs8bn as interest accrued since 2002. The commission also discovered that Rukutana wrote two letters where he authorized the payment of Shs8n to Dr Kasasa.

 

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The commission wants to know how the Shs8bn interest was arrived at and how much money is due to Dr Kasasa. Some letters in possession of the commission show that Government owes Dr Kasasa Shs400m and others Shs26bn.

 

“In the past, Government has purported to pay Dr. Kasasa we want you to clarify whether the payment Government wants to make to Dr. Kasasa is any different,” the Commission chairperson, Justice Bamugemereire told Rukutana who was appearing before the team in Wandegeya, Kampala, on Monday.

 

The land in question was already a subject of dispute before government as Prince David Wasajja, the youngest son of king Sir Edward Muteesa II of Buganda, petitioned the Land Commission two weeks ago, accusing Dr Kasasa of illegally acquiring land that belonged to his father.

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