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IGG investigates Solicitor General

By Vision Reporter

Added 26th May 2007 03:00 AM

THE Inspector General of Government (IGG) is investigating the wealth of the Solicitor General, Lucien Tibaruha. This followed complaints from Nyabuhikye sub-county in Ibanda district, where Tibaruha allegedly bought over two square miles of land estimated at sh1.5b.

THE Inspector General of Government (IGG) is investigating the wealth of the Solicitor General, Lucien Tibaruha. This followed complaints from Nyabuhikye sub-county in Ibanda district, where Tibaruha allegedly bought over two square miles of land estimated at sh1.5b.

By Fortunate Ahimbisibwe

THE Inspector General of Government (IGG) is investigating the wealth of the Solicitor General, Lucien Tibaruha. This followed complaints from Nyabuhikye sub-county in Ibanda district, where Tibaruha allegedly bought over two square miles of land estimated at sh1.5b.

IGG spokesperson Judith Adukule explained that the inquiry aims at establishing the source of Tibaruha’s wealth.

“The investigation is still going on because we have to get as much information as we can,” she said.
Investigators visited Tibaruha’s home in Rwensinga, Nyamirima village to corroborate the land allegations. They interviewed residents who allegedly sold their land to Tibaruha. They have also been to Tibaruha’s Naguru residence in Kampala to establish its value.

In a reaction, Tibaruha said he knew about the investigation. “ They can do whatever they want. I wish them well.”
A source said they are also investigating allegations that a Ministry of Justice pick-up truck is being used by Tibarauha’s employees to do domestic work. “The pick-up truck is used to carry cow-dung to the coffee plantation,” the source said.

Local authorities said over 200 residents had shifted to the neighbouring Nyamarebe sub-county near Kamwenge district after Tibaruha bought them off. But some of them, according to the source, had no choice but to sell off their land since they had been surrounded.

A senior official from the IGG’s office confirmed that the team had been to Ibanda and were comparing wealth that the Solicitor General declared with what is on the ground.

Tibaruha was appointed Solicitor General in 2001 after Peter Kabatsi retired. He was also one of the lawyers representing Uganda in the Congo case at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Before his appointment, he was the director of legal services in the ministry of justice.

IGG Faith Mwonda has intensified her crackdown on public officers involved in corruption and abuse of office.
This week, she directed the arrest and prosecution of three former health ministers and a former State House employee.

The officials are accused of embezzling immunisation funds, which were provided by the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation.

IGG investigates Solicitor General

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