President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who doubles as the commander in chief of armed forces awarded four soldiers who chased away Justice Catherine Bamugemerire and her commission from accessing the controversial Mbuya land.
Museveni awarded the soldiers yesterday while celebrating the 30th Heroes Day in Kasanje Wakiso district.
Speaking at the media center today, Executive Director Ofono Opondo confirmed the awarding of the soldiers for their exceptional, courage and professionalism that made the president to reward them.
@OfwonoOpondo quotes; UPDF soldiers were decorated “because of the exceptional, courage and professionalism with which these officers conducted themselves” during a scuffle with the head of the Commission of Inquiry into land matters, Justice Catherine Bamugemererire. Opondo adds that because of the meticulous way these officers conducted themselves – the President @KagutaMuseveni decided to confer on them meritorious awards.
Officers attached to counter terrorism that guard Justice Catherine Bamugemererire and her Land Commission clashed with soldiers attached to the External Security Organization-ESO headquarters in Mutungo while trying to access the controversial mbuya land that was being investigated by the commission.
Bamugemerire had led her team to inspect a disputed piece of land in Mutungo Nyamiyaga Villa in Nakawa Division Kampala.
ESO occupies part of the disputed 639 acres of land. The dispute pits Dr. Muhammad Kasasa, Buganda’s Prince, David WassajjaKintu and Maurice Kagimu Kiwanuka, the son of Uganda’s former Chief Justice, Benedicto Kiwanuka.
When justice Bamugemererire and team reached ESO headquarters, Number RA 095301 Corporal Julius Katuriba shouted at the Commission security, which was advancing towards the checkpoint. Stop there, stop there; then Justice Bamugemerire angrily followed the officers while asking Katuriba why he was shouting at them. Katuriba who was together with two other soldiers demanded that the Commission team stop to allow him consult his superiors whether or not to let them in. The Commissioners obliged as one of the guards dashed into the ESO offices to consult his superiors.
He however, didn’t return for almost twenty minutes prompting Justice Bamugemerire to inquire what was going on. The Commission security walked towards Katuriba to inquire what was happening.
He instead backed at the Police officers and ordered them to step back in vain. Katuriba drew out his gun and cocked it, something that offended Justice Bamugemerire. As a result, the Commission security surrounded Katuriba, quickly disarmed him and removed his magazine as his colleagues tried to pull him back.
Bamugemerire, who sounded furious, cautioned the Corporal against his conduct, saying they will task the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF) and ESO to explain why their officer reacted in such a manner.