ULC acting secretary, Mr. Andrew Nyumba, revealed this as he appeared before parliament’s sub-committee on defense which was set up to investigate irregularities on police’s land. The committee is looking into issues regarding the land measuring 16.52 acres located at plots 2-96 along Katalima road in Naguru.
Investigations stall as Naguru police land files go missing at Uganda Land Commission
The Uganda Land Commission (ULC) has failed to explain the disappearance of documents to help in investigating the alleged mismanagement of Uganda Police Force land in Naguru.
The land under the spotlight was in 2011 leased to the United Nations African Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders (UNAFRI) for 99 years, but ULC later subleased the same land in 2015.
Nyumba informed the committee that had no documents to help in the responses to the queries regarding said land.
He told the committee that ULC did not get enough time to locate files regarding the land. Nyumba requested to appear again before the committee on Tuesday next week with all the required documents regarding the land.
“The documents are there, give us the benefit of the doubt and we shall do our best to search for them,” Nyumba said.
Ruhinda County MP Donozio Kahonda, the chairperson of the committee, instructed that the documents be sent to the committee by Friday this week ahead of the Tuesday meeting, this would give the committee time to study the documents ahead of the Tuesday committee hearing.
"There are titles that were issued by Uganda Land Commission. They issue titles with titles, we wanted them to explain to us how it happened and what motivated them. Secondly, we have titles that were given sublease where the mother lease had less grace period than the one which was given to the sublease. That one is unacceptable and we wanted Uganda Land Commission to explain to us," added Kahonda.
In August, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Martins Okoth Ochola asked that UNAFRI vacates the police land over failure to develop it. However, this ask has degenerated into the current questions regarding the same.
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