Police, ESO clash as Bamugemereire visits Mutungo land
There was a scuffle at Mutungo hill as UPDF soldiers guarding contested Mutungo land threatened to shoot at counter terrorism police officers guarding members of the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire judicial commission of inquiry into land matters.
Bamugemereire and her commissioners had gone to visit the land that has pitted Buganda prince, David Kintu Wasajja against Bendicto Kiwanuka’s family and Dr Muhammad Kasasa.
The land is currently being used by External Security Organisation (ESO). One of the UPDF officers on guard identified as Julius Katuriba (RA 095301) yelled out instructions to Bamugemereire and her team that included Dr Rose Nakaayi, George Bagonza, Joyce Habasa, Robert Ssebunya, Fredrick Ruhindi and other commission staff to the annoyance of the Lady Justice.
Furious, Bamugemereire surrounded by policemen walked up to the soldier who in response drew his gun that he immediately cocked.
Katuriba told Bamugemereire that he couldn’t allow them access unless with clearance from his superiors.
Bamugemereire calmed but for only 20 minutes that she began wondering what was going on.
Her guards walked back to Katuriba to inquire but he could not let the policemen reach to where he was before he drew his gun again and ordered the policemen to step back.
He was however overpowered by Bamugemereire’s guards who instantly disarmed him as a furious Bamugemereire threatened to forward the matter to the Commander of Defence Forces (CDF) and director general of ESO.
“This country is called Uganda, you are a member of the UPDF; for me my work ends here but you will hear from the CDF [and] from the head of ESO, they will come to the commission and explain why they you took a gun and almost shot at my people and cocked at us,” said Bamugemereire
The land measures 639 acres of which ESO is occupying 12 acres that government bough from Kasasa at Shs 2.4 billion.