By; Ben Musanje
The Principal Private Secretary to the President (PPS) Molly Kamukama has distanced her office from the directives which the Lands minister Betty Amongi invoked to cause payments of purported beneficiaries for the Land Fund.
Recently Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s Land Inquiry Commission had landed on to letters by the president’s PPS to the ministry of Lands and Finance officials for management of claims by the said beneficiaries and finally writes back to her with a detailed report.
But it later emerged that the said same letters were based on minister Amongi writing to the accounting officer in Uganda Land Commission Albert Mugumya to effect urgent payments to purported beneficiaries of the Fund, describing them as presidential directives.
Appearing before Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s Land Inquiry Commission this morning, Kamukama denied issuing such directives, clarifying that her letters are ordinarily attentions raised in relation to public claims lodged to their office, for further consideration by responsible government agencies.
The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana and the head of NRM Party’s Entrepreneurs League Mwesigwa Rukaari are notable among the payments for land in amounts of UGX 507 m and UGX 4 bn among others.
Kamukama emphasized the need for new stringent measures in response to such behavior by civil servants.