The minister of Finance Matia Kasaija has distanced himself from the actions of his cabinet colleague, Betty Amongi, who allegedly acquired five buildings using political influence.
Appearing before the Land Probe, Kasaija, who doubles as the chairman of the Departed Asians Properties Custodian Boards told the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire led commission said “Amongi engaged herself in dirty games that cannot be accepted of a government officials.”
Kasaija said: “The minister instead of using a straight line to play the game… she played from behind.’’
He said he had not sat in any meeting where Amongi showed interest in some of the properties she took over.
“All Amongi did was a back door deal that was outside the law, hinged on conflict of interest,” Kasaija said.
The properties that are alleged to have been fraudulently acquired by Amongi are: Plot15-17 industrial area, Plot 12A prince Charles drive, Plot 21 Kyadondo, Plot 29 Acacia and Plot 18 Perryman Gardens Bakuli old Kampala.
Kasaija apologised to the commission for recruiting his relatives into his ministry without following proper guidelines.
The minister reportedly used his position as minister and chairman to the board to appoint his relatives and friends to the boards.
Kasaija personally appointed George William Bizibu as secretary to the board without following the legally required procedures to which he apologised to the country for the anomaly
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