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Brendah Lutaya says Gume is the patron of G10, a group of rich businessmen and women within Busoga sub region, where the deceased was a member.
Late. Fredrick Lutaya, internet photo.
The family of the late, Fredrick Ssejjemba Lutaya is accusing the State Minister for Cooperatives and Bulamogi North West Member of Parliament, Fredrick Gume of denying them access to the deceased’s property in Jinja and Bugweri districts.   

The complainants are Damali Mwebaza, Cynthia Kabiite, Tendo Lutaya, Brendah Lutaya and Jackyline Lutaya. They allege that Guma who was a friend to their deceased father, has denied them access to his property comprising of a 10 bed roomed house on plot 10 Hajji Tarmarc village in Jinja municipality, rentals and family house in Busesa town council in Bugweri district. 

Brendah Lutaya says Gume is the patron of G10, a group of rich businessmen and women within Busoga sub region, where the deceased was a member. “Dad was a member of the G10, however, after his death on December 26th, 2018. Gume and his group have refused to leave our property and instead use police to drive us away,” she said.

  Adding that, “efforts to seek redress from local authorities and police have turned futile as non is willing to intervene.” The deceased’s brother, John Lutaya, says Gume has connived with their clan leader, Canan Malongo to deny the children a share of their late father’s property on grounds that women are not entitled to any form of inheritance.  

“Gume has resorted to connive with our clan leader, Malongo, arguing that ifthe  late Lutaya, never bore male children, female ones are not entitled to any form of inheritance, because they can always earn wealth from their marriages. This is wrong, and I can’t accept it because these girls already have letters of administration to the deceased’s estates,” he said.  

Gume confirmed to URN in a phone interview that he is a member of the G10 and was a friend to the deceased but denies harboring intentions of grabbing his property. He says G10 as a group is not concerned with any of their members’ property when they pass away.

“Our aim is mainly socializing though at times we invest our resources together. However, when one of our members dies, G10 doesn’t involve itself in property sharing all we do is award members a decent burial and the rest remains under the command of family,” he adds.

The Jinja Central police commander, Vincent Irama, says they have advised the family to seek court redress as the matter in contention is civil in nature and not befitting police intervention.