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Court cases against Bamugemereire’s land probe kick off as public starts to react to commission’s “illegal” directives

Justice Catherine Bamugemereire (R) consults with members of the tribunal at one of the processions of the land probe commission. The tribunal has been dragged to court for interfering with an ongoing investigation (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s land probe crew has been dragged to the High Court Civil Division for allegedly interfering with ongoing and concluded land matters.

According to the court documents seen by PML Daily, four family members who include; Joshua Kyazze, Richard Kiwanuka, Timothy Batalaze and Mansur Kigozi assert that they are the bonafide purchasers of land comprised in Kyandondo Block 100, plot 195, which land is a subject of lawsuit in various courts.

However, court documents show that one of their aunties, Ms Harriet Namayanja, complained before the Justice Bamugemereire land probe commission.

“It’s upon this compliant that we were summoned at the police station to record statements in the matter. As if that was not enough, Namayanja Harriet proceeded to the commission of inquiry in land matters and made the same compliant,” reads in part the court documents

The Catherine Bamugemereire led land commission sanctioned the arrest and detention of Joshua Kyazze and Mansur Kigozi; who were released a week later (FILE PHOTO)

Adding: “In the process, Batalaze and Kigozi were arrested and detained at the station for a week. Upon the orders, allegedly of the officials from the commission of inquiry which was in total violation of the constitution.”

The four family members are now facing criminal charges in connection with the removal of boundary marks.

They assert that the Chief Magistrate’s court of Nabweru had earlier ruled in their favor since the land in question was in the names of their late father.

However, court documents show that one of their aunties, Ms Harriet Namayanja, complained before the Justice Bamugemereire land probe commission.

They further contend that the Secretary of the land commission went on to issue to them orders while they were in prison to appear before the commission on June 25, 2018 over the same matters that had been decided upon by courts of law.

“It’s our belief that the 2nd respondent (Secretary to the land probe) is interfering in the matters that are on-going and those already decided upon by the status quo of the courts is subjudice to the proceedings in Civil suit No. 100 of 2016 and criminal case No. 332 of 2018.” they aver

Through their lawyers, the petitioners’ prayer is for the court to issue a restraint order prohibiting the Secretary to the land probe commission from entertaining matters connected to the land in Kyadondo Block 100 situated at Kabunza reasoning that the same is a subject of proceedings at Nabweru and Matugga courts.

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