KAMPALA – State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza, on Tuesday, August 7, lashed out at the Commission of Inquiry into land matters after being grilled over a disputed piece of land in Mubende District.
The three square mile land in question is located in Butoroogo and Madudu sub-counties, Mubende District
Last year, Namuganza was tasked by President Yoweri Museveni to fact-find the issues behind the wrangles in the area and she was to report directly to him.
It is alleged that the minister in collusion with her counterpart, Benny Namugwanya Bugembe (State minister for Kampala) who is also the Woman MP for Mubende District, mobilised and led claimants of the land to State House and met President Museveni who in turn ordered the owners of the land to be compensated by the State.
Appearing before the commission led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, Namuganza was tasked to unveil her findings as well as explain her role in leading claimants to State House.
However, in response, Namuganza told commission members that she was not answerable to them since the president himself asked her to carry out the investigation and gave her directions on how to handle it.
“The President instructed me and the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kale Kayihura knowing that the commission of inquiry is there. I took the assignment from the President under the law,” she said.
The minister also denied allegations that she connived with a one Milly Naava to evict 350 families in Mubende district.
Instead, Namuganza accused the commission of fighting private wars instead of doing their work.
“They are fighting personal wars. They have no issue. They are just useless. Their emotions won’t help Uganda.” Namuganza noted
She added, “I’m on going on record. That committee is only eating taxpayers’ money. That committee should be disbanded and members sent home to sleep.”