Uganda: Land Commission Summons Jinja West MP Balyeku Over Land Grabbing

Kampala, Uganda — The Commission of Inquiry into Land matters has issued criminal summons for Jinja West Member of Parliament Grace Moses Balyeko over allegations of land grabbing.

MP Balyeku is allegedly accused of influencing the issuance of freehold title over plot 24 B Kyabazinga way in Nalufenya to businessman Thummar Jay Magnalal Patel over running lease of Jinja municipal council and a sub-lease to Tirupati development.

The Commission's chairperson Catherine Bamugemereire issued the criminal summon after Balyeku snubbed repeated summons by the commission to provide evidence on the transfer of the land, with the last being Tuesday.

Justice Bamugemereire ordered MP Balyeku to appear on August 29th at 9am to defend himself against the numerous allegations labelled against him.

Bamugemereire said the summons will be delivered to MP Balyeku through the speaker of Parliament for him to appear on August 29th at 9 am.

Justice Bamugemereire warned Balyeku of attempting to compromise members of the commission through unnecessary phone saying he must appear with the evidence he wants to tell commissioners on phone at the Commission hearing.

Balyeku and Jinja LCV Chairperson Titus Kisambira have been pinned by more than three witnesses for influencing the land transfer.

Innocent Ndiiko, the Jinja District Land Board Chairperson is among those who implicated the duo for meddling in the land giveaway.

On Tuesday, Jinja Resident District Commissioner Eric Joseph Sakwa told the Commission that Balyeku declared to a security meeting convened over the land that he has freehold title over the piece of land whose transfer has since turned controversial.

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