MPs sitting on the Adhoc Committee of Parliament investigating have questioned IGG Beti Kamya who is the former Lands minister and the incumbent State minister for Lands Persis Namuganza for alleged allocated prime plots to investors in error.
Legislators on the Parliamentary Ad hoc committee yesterday questioned Ms Beti Kamya, the Inspector General of Government, and Ms Persis Namuganza, the State minister for Lands in charge of Housing, for allegedly using their positions to influence selective allocation of 82.05 acres of land to investors at Nakawa-Naguru estate, in Nakawa Division, Kampala.
The committee interviewed the two senior government officials in separate sessions and sought to establish the circumstances under which Anil Damani, Seven Hills and Internal Medicines Virginia were allocated land at the Nakawa-Naguru estate.
After her submission, the committee chairperson, Mr Dan Kimosho (Kazo MP), asked: As a minister [of lands] at that time, did you ever write to ULC instructing them to award an investor land in Naguru?
In response, Ms Kamya said she only forwarded all applications that came to her desk to the Uganda Land Commission (ULC) for further handling.
The Tororo Woman MP, Ms Sarah Opendi, referred Ms Kamya to a letter she allegedly authored on May 6, 2020 to the Uganda Land Commission pushing for the allocation of 15 acres of land to Internal Medicine Virginia.
As she read the letter, Ms Opendi indicated that Ms Kamya instructed ULC to expedite the process of allocating land so that the entity could construct a research hospital facility on the land.
However Ms Kamya in response stated that the reason it happened that way was because the allocation [of land] to Virginia took too long. The presidential directive allocating this land I think goes beyond when I was Minister for Kampala. I found it there but these people [investors] had been moving up and down until the Cabinet took a definite decision and the letter was for emphasis to support an applicant to do what the President had directed.