February 27, 2024

Former Lira ministry zonal land office principal assistant secretary expected in court today

By Voice of Lango Editorial (editor@vol.co.ug)  

Lira

The Anti-corruption division of the high court in Kampala is today expected to sit to read charges against former principal assistant secretary of Lira ministry zonal land office Francis Ateng accused of forgery of land documents for Uganda railway corporation land.

In the past, Francis Ateng, appeared before Lira grade one Pamela Percy Mary Nanyanzi who remanded him.

The director of public prosecutions and State House Anti-Corruption Unit had accused Ateng of forgery of land documents for Uganda railway corporation land in Lira city east division.

Ateng is accused with others including; Kabaizi Justus a businessman from Kamwenge district, Joseph Ocen a businessman from Lira City West division and Ogangi Walter another businessman from Mukono district of forging documents for land located at plot 13, Mukwano road contrary to section 190 of Registration of Titles Act CAP 230.

Ateng and others are also accused of forging documents to sell land on plots 42-50 on Mukwano road registered in the names of Ocen Joseph.

Ateng and other accused persons are also accused of forging documents in 2019/2020 to transfer land on plots 42-50 Mukwano road in the names of Ocen Joseph and other documents purporting that the former Managing director of Uganda Railway Corporation Charles Kateba had agreed that the land be registered in the names of Ocen Joseph, Contrary to section 342 and 347 of the penal code Act cap 120.

Ateng and others are said to have forged letters in 2019/2020 and sent to the registrar of titles Bamwite Emmanuel purporting to transfer plots 42-50 with forged signatures of the former Managing director of Uganda Railway Corporation Charles Kateba.

They are further accused of forging documents to obtain FRV 220 folio 13 Erute county purportedly endorsed by Kateeba Charles who denies the same among others.

The Senior Legal Officer at State House Anti-corruption Unit Samuel Arinaitwe said Ateng Francis will appear before the Anti-Corruption Court today to take plea.

The lawyer representing Ateng, Ronald Otim asked the court to release Ateng on court bail but the grade one magistrate Nanyanzi declined the request since the court lacks jurisdiction to release Ateng.

Court then set today as a date on which Ateng Francis will appear in court for mention of his case before Chief magistrate of Anti-corruption division Joan Achiro.