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President Museveni is reportedly disturbed by the high number of cases of land grabbing involving officials from the State House and the Office of the President. This was revealed on Friday by Ms Phiona Barungi, the State House Special Assistant on General Duties while meeting land-grabbing victims in Luwero district. Barungi said the president had been lately overwhelmed by complaints about State House officials tormenting scores of people, especially in central Uganda. “There’s just too many complaints about State House employees,” she said. “We have become a big problem, even the president himself, who gave us these jobs is concerned… He does not know what to do.” “He sent us to serve the people but we are now serving our stomachs. It has gotten to a point where almost every state house official is involved in a land wrangle somewhere.” In a meeting held in Zirobwe village in Bukyimu sub-county in Bamunakika, Barungi said her office was being bombarded daily by helpless people. Some of these are facing death threats from powerful people. “Yesterday I had just landed from Turkey, I even was feeling sick. I found a man at the airport waiting for me,” Barungi told the meeting. “He told me that a man connected to Gen Muhoozi Kairerugaba was hunting him to kill him and take his land. When I asked around, it turned out that this man has no connection to Gen Muhoozi. He is just a serial land grabber.” In the meeting, the residents singled out a number of people who have been harassing them. These also went ahead destroying their crop gardens, and metting out all manner of violence to force them out of their land. The Minister of Lands Hon Sam Mayanja during the meeting ordered an immediate arrest of two of these land grabbers. They include Mary Babirye and Rasmus Kagaba. Check Also; Shock As Minister Raphael Magezi Directs Security To Investigate Katakwi Town Council Leadership For Grabbing Gov’t Land State House Anti-Corruption Unit Saves Family Land From Serial Land Grabber President Museveni Warns Land Grabbers As He receives the Land Probe Report

President Museveni Takes Bold Steps To Combat Fraud In Public Institution

In a determined effort to tackle widespread fraud within public institutions, President Museveni announced on Tuesday the establishment of two additional units dedicated to scrutinizing financial misconduct.

Recognizing the abundance of uncollected funds in the country, the president emphasized the urgent need for action.

President Museveni expressed his conviction that the country possesses significant financial resources that are not being properly collected.

Addressing ministers during a week-long retreat at the National Leadership Institute in Kyankwanzi District, he highlighted the issue of under-collection of taxes, urging the relevant authorities to take immediate action.

New units to combat fraud

To fortify the fight against fraud, President Museveni revealed plans to establish two new units in addition to the existing State House Anti-Corruption Unit.

The first unit will focus on tax investigation, ensuring that individuals and organizations comply with their tax obligations.

The second unit will specialize in accountancy and audit, conducting comprehensive financial assessments to detect fraudulent activities.

The appointment of Mr. David Kalemera as the head of the newly formed State House Revenue Intelligence and Strategic Operations Unit has sparked mixed reactions.

Some have raised concerns due to Mr. Kalemera’s past conviction for conspiracy to commit a felony and using falsified customs documents to defraud the tax authority of substantial sums. The president’s decision has prompted discussions about the suitability of the appointment.

VP Alupo and PM Nabbanja express support

During the retreat, Vice President Jessica Alupo emphasized the importance of leaders coming together to address the pervasive issue of corruption.

She expressed willingness to consider amending laws if necessary to combat this cancerous problem. Prime Minister Nabbanja, as the leader of government business in parliament, pledged her unwavering support to the president’s anti-corruption efforts, garnering applause from fellow NRM leaders.

President Museveni’s renewed push to combat corruption has already yielded tangible results. Five Members of Parliament, implicated in corrupt practices, have been charged and subsequently sentenced to imprisonment at Luzira prison.

This decisive action sends a clear message that no one is above the law and that corruption will not be tolerated.

President Museveni’s steadfast commitment to combating fraud in public institutions demonstrates his determination to protect the country’s resources. By establishing specialized units and taking decisive actions, he aims to restore trust, accountability, and transparency in Uganda’s financial landscape.

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