Pressure mounts for Amongi to resign
Lands, Housing and Urban Development minister Betty Amongi is under more pressure to resign her cabinet position over her alleged irregular acquisition of properties belonging to Asians.
For two days in a row, commissioners on the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire-led land inquiry commission quizzed the minister who is accused of using her position to fraudulent take possession of land on Plot 29 Acacia Avenue in the upscale Kampala suburb of Kololo.
The Oyam South MP is also accused of misusing money under the Land fund on fraudulent acquisition of property belonging to the departed Asian Properties Custodian Board in various parts of Kampala.
She acquired the property under her company Amobet investments limited.
Before the commission, Amongi denied any wrongdoing, arguing that under the Departed Expropriated Properties Act, the Minister of Finance must sell a property of the departed Asian first before a register is amended thus the acquisition of that land was in the right order.
At the inquiry commission, Amongi was advised to resign her ministerial job just as Aruu County MP Samuel Odonga Otto led similar efforts in Parliament.
Otto based on the discoveries by the Bamugemereire probe to ask Parliament to push out the UPC politicians for allegedly using her powers to amass property and land that belongs to the departed Indians which tantamounts to influence peddling.
“This house should pronounce itself through Rule 84 on the conduct of the Minister who is currently keeping 2,336 land titles of the departed Asians,” Otto said.
He presented to Parliament copies of what he called evidence of acquisition of land through her company Amobet Investments Ltd.
“Other than the Minister owning five properties, she has fraudulently acquired 88 properties out of the 2,000 existing departed Asian properties,” Otto said.
He asked the House take interest in the matter and censor the minister or task her to account.
The FDC legislator also wants Parliament to interest itself in cases of government officers who get into positions and accumulate wealth.
Mitooma Woman MP, Jovah Kamateeka however told the House that since the matter is already under investigation by the Land probe, there was no need of having Parliament coming in.
The Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga said she will have to get time and look at the documents tabled before she makes a final ruling.