KAMPALA — The State House Anti-corruption unit headed by President Museveni’s military assistant Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema has swung the handcuffs on businessman Abid Alam, a protagonist in the Mubende land wrangle where scores were injured during a weekend scuffle.
The businessman was on Thursday paraded on charges of destroying property and injuring people during the ill fated eviction at the weekend.
Addressing the media on Thursday, April 04, Lt. Col. Nakalema said Mr. Abid is being invested over the alleged atrocities including attempted murder and unlawful destruction of property in Bukoba, Kassanda District.
Lt. Nakalema said she has since received from Wamala region police commander over 27 cases pinning the businessman of many atrocities.
“What attracted my attention is what happened on Saturday night at a village called Bukompe in Kassanda District,” she said.
“Evil acts including gang rapping and attempted murder and I happened to hear from the a lady who was raped; it hurt me and it is not acceptable in this country”.
“When I received pictures like this, I called Mr. Abid Alam to ask him to record a statement,” Lt. Col.Nakalema said on the illegal destruction of homes and the cutting of plantations.
SP Latif Zaake,Bob Kagarura the Wamala Regional Police Commander said this week that three people, all employees working for Mr. Arthur Mugyenyi, an employee of the Predident’s Office were injured in the said eviction.
Mr. Mugyenyi says that his three acres of banana plantations were destroyed; two houses of his employees destroyed and in addition to killing some goats, the suspects also took 20 cows and 50 goats.
Mr.Mugenyi accused tycoon Abid Alam, a Ugandan businessman of Asian extraction for masterminding the attack.
At the weekend Mr. Abid Alam’s agents claimed that Mr. Mugyenyi had stage-managed the eviction to malign the businessman.
They denied the charges against the businessman who for long has been embroiled embroiled in a 13-acre land row in areas of Bukoba, Kakungubwe sub-county. The case is before Mubende High Court.
But Mr. Mugyenyi in a telephone interview rubbished Mr. Abid’s claims that the attack was stage-managed.
The police has since promised to get to the bottom of the matter and prosecute culprits before Lt. Col. Nakalema swung into action.