The House has this afternoon adopted the COSASE Report on Uganda Land Commission with all the recommendations.
This was after the Committee Chairperson, Joel Ssenyonyi, presented the Committee findings on the report of the Auditor General on the Uganda Land Commission (ULC) for Financial Year 2020/2021.
The report recommends that Barbara Imaryo, the then Accounting Officer of ULC and Isabirye Siraje, the Head of Accounts be prosecuted for attempted fraud of UGX15 billion after failing to adjust the financial statements as advised by the Auditor General.
COSASE report has also recommended that the then Minister of Lands, Beti Kamya, be investigated in respect to her participation in the commencement of UGX10.62 billion payment to land claimants. Others to be investigated, according to the report are Finance Minister Matia Kasaija and the Deputy Secretary to the Treasury, Patrick Ocailap. The Committee also recommends that the two (Kasaija and Ocailap) should be prosecuted for embezzlement of UGX3.966 billion and that the amount should be recovered from them.
On the supplementary budget of UGX10.62 billion meant to pay land claimants, the committee observed that ULC again received & spent the money but did not initiate the request for the said money contrary to the Public Finance Management Act.
As per the supplementary expenditure of UGX21.25bn paid to Church of Uganda, Committee observed that the supplementary was not requested by the Commission.
“ULC disbursed money, which was not meant for them and this was procedurally improper,” Ssenyonyi said.
He added that the lawyers from Lubega, Buzibira and Company Advocates should be prosecuted for aiding the fraudulent transaction that led to the illegal payment of UGX2.039 billion to land claimant, Nantalia Namuli.
According to the report, the money paid to the account of Lubega, Buzibira and Company Advocates should immediately be recovered and returned to Government owing to the fact that it was fraudulently acquired.
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