On Tuesday morning, the Mbarara North Division legislator, Robert Mwesigwa Rukaari appeared before the committee chaired by the Nakawa West legislator, Joel Ssenyonyi as one of the beneficiaries of the URC land. Tasked to show proof of purchase, Rukaari said that he used a bank draft, which was not receipted.
The Committee on Commissions Statutory Authority and State Enterprise -COSASE chaired by Joel Ssenyonyi the Nakawa West MP is probing into the sale and giveaway of several estates belonging to the Uganda Railways Corporation -URC.
A team of URC officials led by Managing Director Stanley Sendegeya told the committee that they had initially planned to procure six-year-old locomotives at 36 billion Shillings but they ended up procuring four eight-year-old locomotives at 48 billion shillings.
On several occasions, the former Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga complained about MPs and Parliament committees engaging in bribery. She said that some legislators would act individually, yet committing parliament to such misdeeds.
According to the COSASE subcommittee members including the Kampala Central MP, Muhammad Nsereko, there are a lot of inconsistencies in Dr. Mumtaz’s submissions on the properties she dealt. He explains that Mumtaz initially mentioned three properties and changed to over 50, then over 100 and later over 200
Parimal Patel had appeared before the committee which is currently inquiring into the illegal sale and ownership of the expropriated Asian property. The committee is in possession of a report pinning Parimal Patel for having fraudulently possessed departed Asians properties in parts of Eastern Uganda.
In his application, Mpejje argued that the Directorate of Public Prosecution-DPP instituted the charges against his client in bad faith arguing that the charges date way back in 2014 when Munyagwa hadn’t yet joined parliament.