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Kulata loses application, investigations into land allegations to go ahead

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The High Court has dismissed an application filed by Sarah Kulata Basangwa, the interdicted former Commissioner for Land Registration Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban development, seeking to halt a probe against her.

The application sought to block an investigation by a committee put in place by the Lands Minister Betty Amongi to look into fraud and corruption allegations stemming from a public outcry.

Kulata had dragged the Attorney General to court saying the committee was acting on the disputed recommendations contained in a report by Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) commission of inquiry, which commission she accuses of breaching principles of natural justice

Kulata through her lawyer Muzamiru Kibedi had told court that she was seeking the interim order in terms of the interdiction letter of motion that was stopping her from going back to her office, saying it was acted on disputed recommendations contained in a report made by the UNRA commission of inquiry.

However, presiding judge Justice Henrietta Wolayo ruled that  she could not stop the disciplinary proceedings against Kulata as part of it is based on the 44 complaints registered  by the IGG from the public other than the whole UNRA report of inquiry.

Judge Wolayo also ruled that there is a provision under the law within which Kulata can challenge the outcome of the disciplinary committee.

Released in May this year, the UNRA probe report named Kulata among individuals culpable for causing huge financial loss to UNRA due to either negligence or failure to follow procurement regulations.

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