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Corruption scandal leaves Justice Bamugemereire land commission boat leaking

CORRUPTION – It is not the kind of script foreseen but corruption allegation in any institution in Uganda wouldn’t shock anyone either. And so it is with the Land Commission of Inquiry that has been rowing in a strong boat only for leakage to materialise from the blue.

An official working with land commission has been charged and remanded to prison by Anti-corruption court. Wilfred Nsubuga, who has been working commission as a tactician, is accused of corruption, abuse of office, and disclosure of confidential information contrary to the Computer Misuse Act.

He denied the charges before Grade One Magistrate Peter Fred Lachomin.

Prosecution alleges that Nsubuga leaked the confidential information on at least two files within his custody to some of the accused persons with the aims of helping them get a leeway. It is alleged that he committed the said offence between February and July 2018 while on duty at the commission of land inquiry led by Lady Justice Catherine Byamugeirere.

Prosecution further added that Nsubuga used the commissions documents to solicit for bribes from complainants and defendants with aim of helping them to defeat justice.

Prosecution led by Thomas Okoth also accuses Nsubuga of meeting with some complainants at undisclosed locations to leak and provide them with commission documents.

Nsubuga denied all the charges levelled against him and was on Wednesday remanded to Luzira Prison. He was due to apply for bail on Thursday but Magistrate Lachomin was indisposed and now Nsubuga will have to wait until August 31 when he can seek temporary reprieve.

Prosecution said investigation is still ongoing. Nsubuga was arrested last week by Police in Wandegeya after a tip-off from a whistle blower.

One of the detectives working with the commission told Crime24 that after getting information that Nsubuga was selling commission documents, they started tracking his movements and phone calls until they finally arrested him.

The detective, who did not want to be named because they are not authorised to speak to the media, said Nsubuga made their work hard because most of evidence they were planning to use to pin suspects in land inquiry was already known to them.

This, the detected added, made the suspects to prepare their defense well in advance before appearing before the commission.

The commission is currently investigating the land matters across the country. The exercise that has implicated several high profile government officials within the government, including the Minister for Lands, Betty Amongi, under which the commission fall.

President Museveni appointed the commission of inquiry following increased complains across the country in regard to land grabbing by powerful people within the government who take advantage of the weak and marginalised poor citizens to steal them.

The mandate of the commission has been increased twice due to large number of cases reported.

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