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Muslims petition Museveni over Kutesa’s son-in-law



Businessman Albert Muganga

The Uganda Muslim Supreme Council has appealed to President Museveni to intervene in a budding land wrangle in which businessman Albert Muganga, a son-in-law to Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa is trying to grab two square miles of their land in the central district of Ssembabule.

The land in Ssembabule located at Bukiragi village in Ntuusi sub-county is part of the 5 square miles on LVR 3693, Folio 12, Ranch 31A. Three square miles were earlier acquired by the government, now pending compensation.

But according to a July 28 letter to President Museveni signed by Alhaji Ramathan Mugalu, secretary-general UMSC, Muganga and wife Ishta Kutesa through their company Enterprise Handling Services Limited, in 2013 “duped our District Muslim Administration and entered into an illegal agreement for renting of our aforementioned land for 15 years”.

“We say illegal because our lower Muslim District Administration has no authority to lease or rent land belonging to the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council,” Mugalu wrote.

Muganga has too, since sought to ferment bad blood between the leadership of the UMSC and the lower Muslim District Administration after the top leadership flagged his dealings. He has also put a caveat on the land which the Muslims say is illegal. According to the UMSC, the illegal dealings of Muganga were brought to the attention of Kutesa and requested that he either regularises the transaction or buys the land.

However, the businessman committed more fraud in 2017 by offering to the UMSC a property in Nakulabye Kampala in exchange, which fell through because he did not own the property. According to Mugalu, Muganga then deposited Shs 280 million on the UMSC account, “which when the exchange failed for the reason of their fraudulent misrepresentation, we understood was compensation for the 4 years he had illegally used our land upto that time”.

The UMSC recently sold the land and invested the proceeds in income generating real estate property but are surprised Muganga purports to hold interest in the land and has placed a caveat and deployed the police on the land to deny the buyer from using it.

“Why would he do so? Why would the police help him to break the law?” wrote UMSC. “We request for your urgent intervention to stop this illegal activity and use of state resources as well as intimidation to grab our property and arm-twist the law,” the Muslims wrote.

The Muslims’ petition to Predident Museveni comes in the wake of several land disputes between business people and religious groups. This week, the country woke up to news of the demolition of the 49-years St. Peter’s Church of Uganda, Ndeeba after a businessman one Dodovico Mwanje bought the land.

A few months ago, President Museveni instructed the director of CID Grace Akullo to arrest city lawyers who reportedly fleeced Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga after the Kampala Archdiocese was compensated with Shs 21 billion for ground rent arrears from the government on orders of President Museveni.

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Another blow as Judge throws out Kiggundu’s lawyer Muwema



When court sat on Friday to hear the Kiggundu’s application to stop independent audit, he did not have a written application, and Justice Henry Adonyo instead ordered the plaintiff’s lawyer Fred Muwema to go make a written application seeking court to dismiss the audit and return to court on September 30 for a hearing of the application. But this adds more pressure on Kiggundu who is choking with the loans.

On 31 August, the judge ordered the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU) to carry out and independent audit into the accounts of the businessman and financial statements exchanged between the two parties, and present a report to court.

When asked by journalists why he has filed for an application seeking dismissal of the audit, Fred Muwema had this to say. “We are saying that let the validity and legality of those credit facilities (loans) be decided first before you can audit” He said.

The ruling on the application of the main suit to determine whether the businessman owes loan arrears to the bank is set for 5th October 2020, after which a date for hearing of the case will be set.


Hamis Kiggundu through his companies Ham enterprises and Kiggs International (U) ltd sued DTB branches in Kenya and Uganda for deducting money from his accounts something which the bank contends and said they only acted as per the loan agreement of deducting 30% from Kiggundu’s accounts to recover the credit facilities rendered to him between February 2011 and September 2016

But Court documents filed by the bank in their defense shows that Kiggundu, between February 2011 and September 2016, was granted various credit facilities by the said DTB Banks.

First, via Ham Enterprises Limited, Kiggundu obtained a loan of $6,663,453 and another Sh2.5bn from the DTB (U) to finance his projects in the real estate business.

Later, according to New Vision, he got a facility worth $4.5m through Kiggs International (U) Limited from DTB (K) and mortgaged his properties, which include Plot 328 located at Kawuku on Block 248 Kyadondo, three plots that include 36, 37 and 38 on Folio 1533 Victoria Crescent II situated in Kyadondo and land on Makerere Hill Road on LRV 3716 Folio 10 Plot 923 Block 9.

Documents show that as of January 21, 2020, Kiggundu was in default on payment obligations of $6.298m on the loan facility of $6.663m, as well as sh2.885b on the demand overdraft facility of sh1.5b and the temporary demand overdraft facility of sh1b.

The banks say that Kiggundu was in default on the payment of another $3.662m out of a total loan facility of $4m and another $458,604 on a loan facility of $500,000, as of January 21, 2020.

The DTB consequently served him with a demand notice to either pay up or lose the assets that he submitted as collateral security. The bank threatened to attach a plot on Makerere Hill Road and other prime commercial properties.

Analysts says that Kiggundu’s lawyer is playing delaying tactics aimed at stopping the independent audit as ordered by the court earlier. Kiggundu had wanted court to believe his own audit of loan transactions, but that would amount to injustice to the banks that gave him money-DTB Uganda and DTB Kenya.

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Minister Rukutana charged with attempted murder, remanded




The state minister for Labour, Gender and Economic Development Mwesigwa Rukutana has been remanded to Kyamugorani prison in Mbarara district.

Rukutana appeared before Ntungamo Grade One magistrate Nazifah Namayanja this afternoon from where he was charged with seven offences related to attempted murder, assault, malicious damage, and threatening violence.

Rukutana was captured in a video that went viral on social media showing him grabbing a gun from one of his bodyguards and started shooting at a vehicle belonging to supporters of his political rival Naome Kabasharira. At the time of the incident, Rukutana had just lost the Rushenyi country NRM flag to Kabasharira.

The prosecution alleges that on September 5, 2020, at Kagugu village in Ntungamo district, Rukutana and others still at large assaulted Julius Niwamanya and threatened to kill or injure him together with three others. The others are Stuart Kamukama, Dan Rwibirungi, and Moses Kamukama. 

It is also alleged that Rukutana also willfully and unlawfully damaged a motor vehicle registration number UAR 840X Toyota Rav 4 type which belongs to Moses Muhumuza.

According to the Judiciary public relations officer, Jameson Karemani, Rukutana has not taken a plea of these charges against him since they can only be tried by the chief magistrate who was not in court today.

As a result, the magistrate decided to send him to Kyamugorani, awaiting his return to court on Tuesday.      

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Lira district headquarters closed over COVID-19




Lira district headquarters have been closed after one staff tested positive for COVID-19 last week. 

On Monday morning, district staff were blocked at the gate with only the deputy chief administrative officer, his secretary and the receptionist allowed access to their offices. 

Paul Samuel Mbiiwa, the deputy chief administrative officer says that only heads of department will be allowed at the headquarters while the rest will work from home. He adds that the restriction will help to curb the spread of the virus.

“You see corona is not a joke. We have taken a step at fighting it and that is why you are seeing the staff outside. Even in my office here I do not want people to come if there is anything we can discuss on the phone.”

Francis Okello Olwa, a senior community development officer who doubles as the district spokesperson says that the entire district offices will be fumigated and closed for two days.

Health authorities in the district are planning to take samples from all the staff because they could have interacted with the one who tested positive. Currently, there are 19 COVID-19 patients under treatment at Lira regional referral hospital.     

On Sunday four health workers at the hospital tested positive for COVID-19. Dr Patrick Odongo, a senior medical officer at the hospital also succumbed to the virus.  

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