Wednesday 6th June 2018
Former Ntenjeru South Mp, Hon Tom Kazibwe has told the Land Commission of Inquiry that he cannot offer his land to government for Isimba Power Project Cheaply in the name of Patriotism because he is not a rural person.
It is alleged that Mr Kazibwe who was paid Shs754 million for the 60 acre-land and crops in 2015 is claiming for additional Shs88 billion in compensation for rock and sand reserves
Tom Kazibwe told the Land Inquiry Team led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire that he wants government to compensate him with 88b shs for his 62 acres of land which has rocks and sand reserves on which the Isimba dam is being constructed.
Kazibwe admitted that the Shs88 billion is an additional claim but insisted that the value was a result of a geological survey assessment by energy ministry officials and that it was approved by then government valuer, Mr Moses Magara.
“The problem is using private valuers of Kagga and Partners who are not effectively executing their work. The speed at which they did the valuation was not accurate,” said Mr Kazibwe accusing government officials and valuers of soliciting bribes from project affected persons purporting to facilitate their compensation claims.
Evidence presented before the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire–led Commission indicates that Mr Kazibwe jointly with Entebbe Municipality Town Clerk, Mr Charles Magumba, are claiming for Shs132 billion and that they have since sued government for their pay.
Kazibwe appeared before the land probe following a complaint by government through the energy ministry that is seeking for investigation into the Shs500 billion claim for compensation by project affected persons at Isimba and Karuma power projects.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website