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Embattled Land Commission statistician denied bail

The Land commission statistician Mr Wilfred Nsubuga was remanded to Luzira prison July 26 over Corruption and misuse of office. He has been denied bail by Anti-Corruption Court. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA- The Anti-Corruption Court has denied bail the jailed statistician working with the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters Mr Wilfred Nsubuga who was charged last week over charges of abuse of Office, Corruption and Unauthorized Disclosure of Information contrary to the Computer Misuse Act.

While denying him bail, the Chief Magistrate Agnes Alum based on the affidavit filed in court by IGG’s  prosecutor Thomas Okoth indicating that Nsubuga had built a data base for the land probe led by justice Catherine Bamugemereire  whose password is only known to him, and if released he can access it from anywhere and continue from where he stopped.

Okoth told court that Nsubuga also had an elaborate network of agents through whom he was giving information, and receiving money and so if he is granted bail he will interfere in the said investigations.

However Ms Alum gave the IGG up to August 15, for the Land Probe Commission to have secured another IT Specialist to guard against any threat on the Commission’s Data Base.

Prosecution states that between February and July this year, Nsubuga while in performance of his duties at the Land Probe Commission where he is charged with developing and managing the complaints Data Base, in abuse of his authority disclosed confidential information on two file numbers registered at the Commission, with the aim of helping them complainants to have their files expeditiously resolved in their favour, an act the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters.

It is further alleged that Nsubuga used contents of the said files belonging to the Commission, for his benefit.

Nsubuga’s luck fell out last week on Friday when he was arrested by detectives in Wandegeya after being tipped that he has been spying on the commission’s activities and leaking information to land grabbers especially government officials.

“We have invested a lot of time and money to get you when we learnt that we had a rat leaking our classified and investigated information to land grabbers, we got you Mr. Nsubuga,” Daglous Sigiza the commission’s secretary who was among the team which arrested Nsubuga said.

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One of the detectives who arrested Nsubuga revealed that he (Nsubuga) has been leaking the commission’s whistleblowers’ information to land grabbers especially in the government. He said that after the government land grabbers received the information, they would harass the whistleblowers and many have lost their jobs. Our credible source within the commission revealed to us that last week, they were ordered by their bosses to make sure that they get the person who has been leaking their classified information to land grabbers. He said that from then, they started spying on each other.

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