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CHAOS AS HONS EVELYN ANITE, RUKUTANA FIGHT IN CABINET

By Mulengera Reporters
During the Monday 9th December Cabinet meeting, Ministers Mwesigwa Rukutana and Evelyn Anite fought until PM Ruhakana Rugunda, who was chairing the meeting, separated them. It all started with Lands Minister Betty Amongi calling for collective support of Cabinet to overcome powerful actors in Attorney General’s chambers who she said were conniving with rogue elements to claim ownership of the land on which Mulago Hospital staff quarters sit.

Evelyn Anite and some of the protagonists she has had to overcome in the UTL battles

The proposal was that the original owners either get compensated or evict Mulago staffers. Amongi said though she isn’t a lawyer, she had researched and established that their claim was time-barred as per the law of limitation of actions because one who sleeps on his rights for more 12 years on land-related claims forfeits whatever interest they might have had in the land. She wondered why the AG chambers wasn’t making use of such legal provisions to successfully object to the anti-Mulago claim.

She wondered why instead the AG was in a hurry to give away what belongs to government whose interests they are hired to defend. AG William Byaruhanga was in the house and said his Deputy Rukutana was more conversant with the matter. Rugunda signaled Rukutana to explain but before he started, he said he knows all this is being ignited by Evelyn Anite who has been at loggerheads with him over the UTL saga. He said she is the one who has been spreading rumors that officials at the AG chambers want to steal Mulago hospital land.

Anite rose up and rebuked Rukutana urging him to sleep in his bed of thorns rather than dragging her in matters she knows very little about. Rukutana shut her up using very vulgar words. This prompted other Ministers to join Anite to call Rukutana to order. And the pro-Anite hecklers included Kyotera’s Haruna Kasolo, Kasirivu Atwooki, Ruth Nankabirwa, Charles Bakabulindi and Elly Tumwine who observed Anite’s anger against existence of thieves in government was justified. Anite’s boss Matia Kasaijja weighed in backing Tumwine on the need to exorcist thieves in government.

In the end, elderly Kirunda Kivejinja and Moses Ali weighed in pleading for calmness and that’s when Rugunda was able to regain initiative as chair of the day’s Cabinet session. Rugunda demanded that Rukutana withdraws personal derogatory attacks he made against Anite, something the bulky Minister from Rusenyi in Ntungamo declined to do.

Rukutana said claims of corruption at the AG chambers shouldn’t blur fellow Cabinet colleagues’ judgment to the extent of voting to extinguish the legitimate right the claimants of Mulago land have on the same. But Amongi ranted back saying that acquiescence by the AG chambers is unacceptable wondering where those alleged Mulago owners have been since 1913 when the colonialists first plotted erecting the hospital on what they claim to be their land. It will be recalled that during the UTL, raging up to a few months ago, Anite took on the Rukutana camp that had the likes of PSST Keith Muhakanizi, Twebaze Bemanya of URSB, Gen Kahinda Otafiire and others. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994 or email us at mulengera2040@gmail.com).

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