By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Determined than she has ever been-Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Judith Nabakooba has suspended the top leadership of the Uganda Land Commission over corruption and bribery.
In fact, the tireless minister has since declared herself as the head of the Commission while hunting for a new team of transparent and committed leaders to replace the ousted ones.
To show how serious the case of Kawukumi in the Commission was, after Akullo receiving the letter, she ordered the Police to urgently arrest four senior officials who are suspected to be in a deeper relationship with corruption practices.
The detained are Barbarah Imaryo, the Accounting Officer, Chris Otim, a Junior Accountant, Denis Musinguzi, a Lands Officer, and Nowa Hasashya an Auditor.
Meanwhile, Nabakooba who has no room for corruption especially in her Ministry has written to President Yoweri Museveni informing him that the IGG investigation has resulted in an administrative standoff between the Chairperson and other Commissioners, bringing the activities of the Commission to a standstill.
“In order to restore normality in the short term, I have taken the following steps; I decided to temporarily assume the duties of managing the Commission as we establish the true genesis of the problems,” said Nabakooba in a letter to the President.
Her decision is provided for under Section 55 of the Land Act, where a Minister is required to give policy direction to the Commission on any matters.
Nabakooba also told the President that she asked the Auditor General to carry out a forensic audit of all key transactions by the Commission and submit a report quickly.
“Further, I have requested the Inspector General of Government to carry out an investigation into alleged cases of abuse and misuse of Commission resources,” she said adding that findings of the Report will guide the process of restoring order and normal functioning of the Commission.