MP Baryeku mentioned in fraudulent land transaction case

By Sania Babirye

As efforts to uncover the mess into the fraudulent land transaction on plot 24 Kyabazinga way in Nalufenya in jinja district continues, the acting commissioner for lands registration has asked the ongoing land probe commission for more time to solve the discovered mess.

The contentious land called Tirupati land was fraudulently sold by the Jinja land board to businessman Thurmmar Jay Magnalal Patel to build a shopping mall at 7.5 billion while the Jinja municipal council had released the same land to Tirupati development for construction of a public recreation center.

While appearing before the commission, Robert Opiyo has asked justice Catherine Bamugemereire heading the seven member commission of inquiry into land matters to give him up to tomorrow to put into place measures of cancelling of the freehold title acquired for the said land to Jinja municipal council.

The commission had learnt from the jinja land board chairperson Ndiko Ngobi that some member of the Jinja district land board received a bribe and connived and fraudulently transferred the land ownership to Magnalal concluding that the said land transfer was illegal.

She also informed the commission that she declined a 50 million bribe to engage in the said fraudulent land transfer.

Other persons implicated in the said bribery allegations include the member of parliament for Jinja municipality Moses Balyeku who is said to have tried to bribe a land officer of Jinja one Fred Waiswa with a piece of land to put aside the current running lease and instead process for him a freehold land title and Titus Kisambira the chairperson of Jinja district.

Justce Bamugemereire has now ordered Opio to come back tomorrow with a full progress and that those fraudulent officials on the Jinja land board found to have participated in the said transaction will be recommended to the IGG for the law to take its course.