The interdicted Uganda Land Commission – ULC Secretary,
Barbara Imaryo is in trouble for contempt of parliament. The Committee on
Commissions, Statutory Authority and State Enterprises – COSASE has issued an
arrest warrant for Imaryo because of her failure to appear on Tuesday to
respond to audit queries.
his letter to the Police Division at Parliament,
the Committee Chairperson Joel Ssenonyi, who also doubles as the Nakawa West
Division MP implicates Imaryo for contempt of Parliament contrary to 208 of the
Rules of Procedure of Parliament of Uganda. He directs the police to arrest Imaryo and produce her before COSASE at
10:00 am on Thursday, May 19th 2022.
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Imaryo is specifically wanted to explain the
irregularities relating to the payment of Shillings 10.6 billion to six
claimants without the authorization of the Commission. Other issues raised by
the MPs relate to the double payment of untraceable claimants.
Prof Jack Nyeko Pen-Mogi, the Acting Chairperson
of the Commission revealed to the Committee that they faced a similar problem
with Imaryo early this year when she disregarded their request for
accountability documents after the Inspectorate of Government commenced
investigations into the commission activities.
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The ULC officials were appearing before COSASE for the 5th
time in an ongoing inquiry relating to scandals
highlighted by the Auditor General’s report for FY 2020/2021, which Imaryo has
never been part of despite being invited.
During the hearing, Charles
K. Muhoozi, a Land Commissioner told the Committee that Imaryo defied their
recommendation and paid the questionable claimants. He was appearing together with the Acting ULC Chairperson
Prof Jack Nyeko Pen-Mogi, Stella Acan, David Mugulusi, Andrew Nyumba, Rukika
Bujara, Haji Asuman Kyafu and Beatrice Byenkya Nyakaisiki.
In January this
year, the Minister of Lands suspended the Commission chairperson Beatrice
Byenkya together with Imaryo to pave the way for investigations into allegations of power struggles,
mismanagement and abuse of office at ULC.
Section 49 of the Land Act, Cap 227 mandates the Commission
to hold and manage any land in Uganda which is vested in or acquired by the
Government. Under der Article 164 of the Constitution of the Republic of
Uganda, 1995 (as amended) and Section 45 of the Public Finance Management Act,
2015, the Accounting Officer is accountable to Parliament for the funds and
resources of the Commission.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.