By; Francis Lubega
13th August 2019
The former Custodian Board Secretary Bernard Tumwesigire, has appeared before the special committee instituted by COSASE to investigate how the government officials acquired land titles of the said properties and transferred them to free hold coursing a loss to government and totally disassociated himself from ever having a seal.
Tumwesigye who had refused to hand over office items until he is paid his salary arrears, presented a Custodian Board Stamp Instead of a Seal, saying it is what he was using since his appointment in 2009 when he was the secretary to the Departed Asians Property Custodian Board.
Parliament had issued summons against Tumwesigire following submissions by the Minister of Finance Matia Kasaija accusing Tumwesigire of failing their operations and is responsible for all the flows in the board.
Although Tumwesigire’s contract was terminated in 2017, Tumwesigire has never handed over office together with the seal of the Custodian Board due to payment issues demanding unpaid wages amounting to more than 1 billion Shillings, a claim which was rejected by Matia Kasaija.
He presented himself with a stamp and a file without a seal claimed by Kasaija which he rejects and put all the blames to Kasaija but COSASE Vice-chair Ibrahim Kasozi to direct the Parliament CID to investigate the whereabouts of the seal,