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Ideal Hostel boss remanded to Luzira over land title forgery

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Robert Twinomujuni, the owner of Ideal Hostel properties,has been charged and remanded to Luzira Prisons on allegations of forging a land sale agreement.

Twinomujuni on Friday appeared before Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court presided over by Chief Magistrate Ronald Kayizzi. He had earlier been arrested and detained at the Central Police Station (CPS) in Kampala.

According to the prosecution, the businessman committed the forgery alongside Samson Arinaitwe, a resident of Nyakahita Cell in Kigongi Ward, Central Division in Kabale Municipality, who is still at large.

The alleged forged land sale agreement dated June 6, 2020 is in respect of leasehold land comprising Rwampara Block 42, Plot 38, in Ntungamo District’s Ruhama constituency.

On Friday, Twinomujuni applied to bail, citing ill health. But prosecution led Ms Joan Keko asked for four working days to authenticate particulars of the sureties and the documents they presented.

“Your worship, the defense has overwhelmed us with documents that we need to speak authoritatively to,” Ms Keko submitted, “When one furnishes a letter from the Local Council (LC) [leadership], it is not [a] gospel truth. [So], we need to verify.”

The magistrate then remanded the businessman up to Thursday this week when he will reappear in court.

This website understands that the contested land reportedly belongs to relatives of leaders close to the first family in Ruhama constituency, Ntungamo District.

The charge sheet shows that on June 16, 2020 in Kampala District, Samson Arinaitwe purported to make the agreement in his capacity as the administrator of the said land and forged signatures of Simon Nsekanabo, Winfred Musimenta, Richard Apollo Rutaro, Edith Busingye, Prudence Namara, Beatrice Kisembo Rugarama and Betty Rugarama.

The state alleges that on February 18, 2021 at Ntungamo Police Station in Ntungamo District, Arinaitwe and Robert Twinomujuni knowingly and fraudulently uttered a false document; to wit, a forged sales agreement dated June 6, 2020 purporting to have been signed by Nsekanabo, Musimenta, Rutaro, Busingye, Namara, Kisembo and Rugarama.

It is alleged that between the months of June and December 2020 in the districts of Kampala, Ntungamo and Kabale, Arinaitwe and others still at large forged acknowledgement of receipt of money purporting that Kisembo, Nsekanabo, Musimenta, Namara, Rugarama and Rutaro received proceeds from the sale of land comprised in Rwampara  whereas not.

The state further alleges that Arinaitwe forged national Identity cards of Kisembo, Nsekanabo, Musimenta, Namara, Rugarama and Rutaro.

Prosecution avers that between June and December 2020, in Kampala and Ntungamo districts, Arinaitwe and Twinomujuni conspired together to defraud Namara Prudence and others of their beneficial interest/share on land comprised in Rwampara Block 42 plot 42, leasehold register volume 3027, Folio 9, for land in Ruhama, Ntungamo District.

The Commander of Land Protection Police Unit (LPPU), Johnson Olal, has since been suspended on allegations of mismanaging investigations into the land dispute.

The suspension of Olal followed separate investigations by the Police Inspectorate and the Police Professional Standards Unit.

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