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Bamugemereire commission hit by corruption scandals

by Odongo Christopher

Commission chairperson Catherine Bamugemereire

An official working with Bamugemereire commission has been charged and remanded to prison by Anti-corruption court. The official who has been identified as Mr. Wilfred Nsubuga was working commission of land inquiry as a tactician. He is accused of corruption, abuse of office, and disclosure of confidential information contrary to the Computer Misuse Act. He denied the charges.

Prosecution alleged that, Nsubuga leaked the confidential information on at least two files within his custody to some of the accused persons with the aims of helping them have get their leeway. He was charged before Grade One Magistrate Peter Fred Lachomin. It is alleged that, he committed the said offence between February and July 2018 which on his duty at the commission of land inquiry led by Catherine Byamugeirere. Prosecution further added that, Nsubuga use the commissions documents to solicit for bribes from complainants and defendants with aim of helping them to defeat justice.

Prosecution led by Thomas Okoth further added that, Nsubuga met with some complainants at undisclosed locations to leak and provide them with   commission documents. Nsubuga denied all the charges brought against him and was remanded to Luzira till 26, July 2018 when he will be given chance to apply for bail before Court Chief Magistrate Agnes Alum.

He is represented by lawyer Ronald Bogezi. Prosecution said investigation is still ongoing. Nsubuga was arrested last week by police in Wandegeya after tip off from whistle blower.

One of detective working with the commission told us that, after getting information that Nsubuga was selling commission documents, they started tracking his movements and phone calls until he finally netted.

The same officer added that, Nsubuga made their work hard because most of evidences they were planning to use to pin the suspects ended up in suspects hand. This he added made the suspects to prepare their defense well in advance before appearing before the commission.

The commission is currently investigating the land matters across the country. The exercise that has implicated several high profile government officials within the government including the Mister of Land Betty Amongi under which the commission fall.

President Yoweri Kaguta  Museveni appointed the commission of inquiry following increased complains across the country in regard to land grabbing by powerful people within the government who take advantage of the weak and marginalized poor citizens to steal them off their land. The mandate of the commission has been increased twice due to large number of cases reported.

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