Kawempe South MP Mubarak Munyagwa arriving at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala recent
The controversial MP, who doubles as chairperson of the Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) was desperate to launch a fresh probe into BOU with aim of extorting BOU officials to let them off the hook but he was repulsed by the speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga not to ever think about it.
Munyagwa is a city boy who became Member of Parliament through similar fraudulent ways, he staged his own kidnap to gain voters sympathy into Parliament. But take a look at a brief background of this fraudster appointed to probe fraud.
Under the first count, prosecution alleges that Munyagwa in December 2014 at Haks Investment Limited on Sixth Street, Industrial Area, in Kampala, being a mayor of Kawempe division solicited for a gratification of sh100m from Francis Kakumba in exchange for him to influence Kawempe division urban council, to nominate his son, Isaac Muyanja, for appointment as a member of the Kampala City Land Board.
The prosecution further alleges that Munyagwa in the same period and place received $20000 (about sh74m) and sh4m from Kakumba to nominate his son for the job.
Police records indicate that Munyagwa used one Vicente Mulondo to approach Kakumba to ask for the money that he received.
It further indicates that Munyagwa had received a letter from the then minister of presidency, Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze, asking him to nominate somebody to represent the Kampala Capital City Council (KCCA) division land board.
After some time, it is alleged that Munyagwa informed Kakumba that his son had been rejected because he was underage and later promised to compensate him with a piece of land in Kalerewe, a Kampala suburb.
According to Police, a disagreement ensued between Munyagwa and Kakumba when the former mayor offered the latter a small piece of land, which he rejected. It is purported that Kakumba wanted the land plus some money.
Failure to fulfil the requirement prompted Kakumba to lodge a complaint at Kabalagala Police Station and Munyagwa was arrested and detained, before he was released on bond.
He was also sentenced to six months in prison in 2017 for failure to pay sh100 million he owed to another businessman one John Baptist Maali.
Munyagwa was arrested and taken to court by Alpha Court Bailiffs and was sent to Luzira by Florence Nassuna, the registrar in court’s execution division.
MP Munyagwa’s troubles started from a reported failure to give vacant possession to a piece of land he sold to Maali in 2015. Maali claimed that he requested Munyagwa to refund his money but in vain.
Maali alleged that Munyagwa through his agent, one Meddie Basajja, approached him saying he was interested in selling his land at Kyadondo Block 205, Plot 509 at Kawempe measuring 0.316 hectares.
Munyagwa then Kawempe Municipality division mayor reportedly confirmed to Maali that land in question was his and that he bought it from one Sentongo Bakali and he was processing its title from Kampala District Land Board.
Maali contends that after Munyagwa’s assurance that the land in question belongs to him, they made a sale agreement which was witnessed by Munyagwa’s lawyer Joseph Kyazze and his agent Meddie Basajja.
He then paid sh100 million to Munyagwa, who promised to vacate the land and also give him transfer forms to process the land title.
Court was informed that despite remainders Munyagwa has failed to honor his obligations and he was therefore sent to prison as he still find ways to pay back the money.