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BAD NEWS FOR IGG BETI KAMYA AS COURT PUTS ULC’S BYENKYA BACK

By Mulengera Reporters

Prof Pen Mogi must have been born unlucky because only days after being elevated to serve as Chairman for Uganda Land Commission, the High Court decreed that Beatrice Nyakayisiki Byenkya (who had been interdicted on order from IGG Beti Kamya) stays put.

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Acting on whistle blower information, the IGG (an old Byenkya rival) ordered the interdiction of both the ULC Chairperson and CEO Barbara Imaryo ostensibly to inquire into their conduct relating to earlier corruption and abuse of office allegations.

In a 31st December public notice, the ULC management proclaimed the elderly Mogi as the Ag Chairman and Andrew Nyumba as the Ag CEO/Secretary for the Commission. The public was urged to direct all inquiries, consultations or transactions on matters of UCL to the duo of Mogi and Nyumba.

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The 31st December notice risks attracting contempt of court proceedings against whoever authorized its authorship and publication or dissemination because it was preceded by the 30th December interim court order directing that the pro-Byenkya status quo remains (implying carrying on as ULC Chairperson) until the Main Application (M/C No. 350 of 2021 & M/A No. 910 of 2021) disputing the circumstances of the Chairperson’s interdiction is disposed of by the same court.

The 30th December interim order was preceded by the court session of 29th December that was presided over by Justice Musa Sekaana of the Civil Division of the High Court. Issued at 2:09pm, the 30th December order was authenticated by Deputy Registrar Simon Kintu Zirintusa at the prompting of Byenkya’s lawyer Charles Tibajuka.

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The same pro-Byenkya interim order has since been duly served unto and brought to the attention of the Uganda Land Commission management, the IGG Beti Kamya and the Land Division of the High Court among other stakeholders. Created under Article 238 of the 1995 Constitution, the Uganda Land Commission is mandated with verification, preservation, documentation and maintenance of all public land owned and administered by the government of Uganda.

The ill-fated Prof Pen Mogi was until a few years ago the Vice Chancellor for Gulu University and also served on governing board of NEMA. Before all these engagements, the same Mogi served as Member of Parliament for Kilak County in Gulu (1996-2001) and the same Veterinary Scientist (specializing in Molecular Parasitology) was also one of the 10 Presidential Nominees who sat in the CA that made the 1995 Constitution. At ULC, he has for long been among the officials at active loggerheads with Beatrice Byenkya who ironically was initially his very good family friend.

All this ping pong is happening at a time some of the ULC members or Commissioners are having their contracts expire and thereby making the conduct of business even more complicated. Much of the feuding at ULC has rotated around desire to control the hundreds of billions Parliament annually allocates the Commission to facilitate the operations of the Land Fund which the President put in place to facilitate compensation of absentee landlords so that the resultant public land, once freed up, becomes available for occupation of would-be homeless Bibanja holders. Some have suggested that the best way to deescalate things at ULC is for the GoU to take the land fund away so that the Ministry of Lands (or any other appropriate government body) manages it directly. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us atmulengera2040@gmail.com).

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