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The Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprise has directed Mbarara North Division MP, Robert Mwesigwa Rukaari to provide evidence of the purchase of Nsambya railway land within a week.

The directive follows the revelation by the MP to the committee that he had forgotten the bank he used to pay for the purchase of three plots of land and that he also did not have receipts as proof of payment.

“I do not remember the bank. I don’t have the banker’s draft that I used to pay. When you submit a bid, you record it in a book and sign. At most, you can take a picture, but they do not give you proof of payment,” Rukaari said.

On Tuesday morning, the Mbarara North Division legislator, Robert Mwesigwa Rukaari appeared before the committee chaired by the Nakawa West legislator, Joel Ssenyonyi as one of the beneficiaries of the URC land. Tasked to show proof of purchase, Rukaari said that he used a bank draft, which was not receipted.

The MP, however, presented to the Committee the receipts for the payment of 10 per cent for the properties but could not present evidence of payment for the rest of 357 million shillings paid for the purchase of the property.

He told the Committee that he acquired three plots of land belonging to URC in Port bell and Mulago at UGX 357million in 2009.

The committee learnt that the Government in 2005, decided to sell off part of 57 acres of its land in Nsambya and Kibuli at Shillings 69.5 billion as part of the means to re-capitalize URC which was struggling. The Committee was surprised to learn that to date 10 years later, the money had not been received by URC.

The MPs sitting in the Committee, however, questioned how possible it was for anyone to purchase land worth UGX 357million in 2009 without any acknowledgement.

The committee was similarly able to meet with Janet Kobusingye, the owner of Mestil Hotel over the acquisition of the land in question. She told the committee that the Government compensated her with four acres of land in Nsambya following a dispute in which the Government took over six acres of her land in Naguru valued at 1.5 billion shillings.