Furious Bamugemereire accuses Rukutana of being disrespectful

Justice Catherine Bamugamereire, the head of the judicial commission of inquiry on land has thrown the Deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana out of the land probe hearing for being “disrespectful.”

Rukutana had appeared before the Commission to explain how government purchased land on Mutungo Hill currently occupied by the External Security Organisation (ESO) that has become a matter of controversy.

Rukutana’s testimony before the commission angered Bamugemereire that she termed it “disrespectful and offensive.”

Justice Bamugemereire cautioned Rukutana to mind the manner in which he was addressing the commission but Rukutana shot back telling Bamugemereire that he would only be respectful if he is respected.

“Well, if you find my manner and model of presentation lacking… but I am trying to answer the question as they are asked and I will maintain that stance; If I am not respected, I will not respect anybody,” Rukutana said.

Rukutana first appeared on February 5 but asked an adjournment as he needed to familiarize himself with the transaction and be able to answer to the commission.

Rukutana was required to offer an explanation of how government carried out the transaction, how the amount was reached and how he reached his legal opinion that gave government a go ahead to purchase the land that had encumbrances.

But the government legal advisor appeared non-cooperative to Bamugemereire that she is now choosing to refer the matter to President Yoweri Museveni.

“As for the Attorney General’s opinion in regards to this issue, I will refer to the President who is the appointing authority and probably find a way of verifying, investigating and probing how Shs 24.6 billion is about to leave the treasury,” said Bamugemereire.

Rukutana however told journalists that he does not care if the commission takes the matter to the President.