Free Zone Authority Land Claimants Demand Gov’t Protection

By our Reporter.

Whistle-blowers, who are also claimants in the 7.5 billion shillings land acquisition by Uganda Free Zone Authority in Wakiso district, are demanding security protection from government through the Land Commission of Inquiry.

They say their lives, homes and properties are under threats from some of the people being investigated by the Land Commission of Inquiry for fraudulently registering the land, selling it to Uganda Free Zone Authority and causing taxpayers a loss of 7.5 Billion shillings in the procurement.

The whistle-blowers are Augustine Bukenya Muwuluzi, Robinson Matovu, Erica Ngoye Makumbi, and Judith Nalubega.

Bukenya petitioned the Land Commission of Inquiry for protection on behalf of others on Wednesday evening while appearing before the Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire led Land Commission of Inquiry to explain circumstances which surrounded the scandal.

Augustine Muwuluzi Bukenya told the Commission that they are the administrators of the Estate of the Late Samuel Kironde, located in Mengo Busiiro Block 536 Plot 534 measuring 42.816 Hectares which was fraudulently acquired and sold to Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFA) for setting up Free Zone Industrial Park in Wakiso district.

Bukenya, 75, a former accountant in the Ministries of Commerce, Agriculture, Finance, Lands, Education and Animal Resources said the security threats against them began as soon as the scandal came to the public limelight through several of their whistle-blower letters and media publications.

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