By MUKOMBOOZI Agaba
Uganda’s workaholic Lands Minister Judith Nabakooba Nalule has directed for the immediate suspension of all activities relating to the Lira District Land Board.
Nabakooba in a letter dated February 4, 2022 addressed to the Lira Chief Administrative Officer and LCV Chairman, says she received a complaint of misconduct involving corruption, influence peddling against the members of the Lira District Land board.
She said the nature of allegations translates to questions of moral turpitude against officials serving on the board where she is the approving officer of such appointments.
“…..the purpose of this letter is to suspend the officials of the board to pave way for investigations into the allegations and new members to be nominated for appointment and my approval….,” the letter reads in parts.
“I have asked the Minister of State for lands to guide the district and the city on the effective process of nominating new members on the District Land Board within a month,” she wrote.
The minister’s letter follows Pastor Francis Okello Olwa, the board secretary’s unbecoming actions of smuggling land documents files using his personal car to an unknown destination, just a few hours after Lira City that led to his arrest.
This comes just after the Chief Magistrate at Lira High Court swearing in new Land Board members on 3rd January, 2022.
“He is in safe custody with the exhibits at Lira Central Police Station. The said officer had become too powerful, untouchable and acting with impunity with full knowledge and support of the Chief Administrative Officer Mr. Ben Ogwete, the District Chairperson Mr. Okello Orik and the Land Board Chair Mr. Paul Camkoma,” a source revealed.
For some time now, a number of complaints had been raised about the board secretary’s rampant actions of forgery of documents and official stamps of certain offices under the watch of his bosses, disposing of people’s land without the owners’ knowledge for selfish gains, attaching money value to all their transactions including signing of documents and stamping.
“It is anticipated that by the time the team leaves for the new District headquarters in Ogur, they will have sold off and allocated to themselves all public land in the current Lira City boundaries. In the media fraternity Francis Okello Olwa has been equated to the former Iraq’s minister of information during the American joint forces invasion of Iraq in the 90s known for reckless, baseless and shameless talks.”