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Railway land: IGG to probe MP Rukaari

 

 Dr Robert Mwesigwa

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Inspectorate of Government – IG has given Mbarara City North legislator Robert Mwesigwa Rukaari up to December 6, 2021, to submit relevant documents regarding Uganda Railway Corporation land transactions at Nsambya.

Rukaari is one of the beneficiaries of the 57 acres of land that the government sold in 2009 in Nsambya and Kibuli at a cost of 69.5 billion Shillings as a means to salvage the then struggling Railways Corporation. At the time, Rukaari had acquired three plots of the URC land in Port Bell and Mulago at 357 million Shillings.

However, a decade later, URC has reportedly not received the payment from the sale of the land in question prompting an investigation by the Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises – COSASE.

On Tuesday, the legislator was questioned alongside other beneficiaries of the land by the committee led by Nakawa West MP Joel Ssenyonyi. He, stunned the committee after he said he does not remember nor have receipts for the purchase of the said land.

Later, he displayed before the committee receipts for the payment of 10 per cent for the three plots of the acquired land. The MP also narrated to the committee that after obtaining the land in Nsambya, he donated it to his personnel because the two plots were less than an acre.

Now, a letter written and signed by Anne Twinomugisha Muhairwe, the Deputy Inspector General of Government on November 30, 2021, indicates that the IG has pocked interest in the matter and commenced investigations on the same.

He has been asked to present applications for land at Uganda Railways Corporation, Sales Agreements, receipts or proof of purchase, evidence of ownership of the plots and any other documents that relate to the above matter.

“This investigation is premised on the allegation that you illegally acquired plots of land from the Uganda Railway Corporation which caused financial loss to the government of Uganda…The required documents should be delivered to the Inspectorate of Government as soon as possible but not later than December 6, 2021,” the letter reads.

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