Disaster Minister Hillary Onek has recorded a statement at the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters sitting at Wandegeya in Kampala.
Onek appeared before Commission’s Investigators this morning following criminal summons issued to him by the Commission’s Chairperson Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.
He is now expected to officially defend himself tomorrow25th/July before the Public Hearing of the Commission, and explain why he undermined the findings of the Commission in respect to the Land belonging to Tooro Prime Minister Steven Irumba, that was encroached on by the Office of the Prime Minister in 2016.
This as government was resettling Ugandan Returnees from Tanzania.
Irumba first appeared before the Commission led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire in March this year and reported that his land at Kyaka village, Kyegegwa District measuring 200 hectares had been taken over by OPM to settle refugees without his consent.
Two weeks back Irumba appeared again before the Land Probe Commission to report further encroachment on his land, killing of his animals and withdrawal of his security on the land by Minister Hillary Onek without notice.
And that when he tried to contact him on 7th/July this year, he instead insulted him for petitioning the Bamugemereire led Commission, yet OPM had reached an understanding with him, a claim that Irumba denies.
He mantains that he has become a prisoner on his own farm, his life and that of his family is in danger as he is now portrayed as an enemy of the State.
He implored the Commission to help him seek protection from the President whom he thinks will be able to bring to order the Office of the office of the Prime Minister for going against the findings of the Commission he himself put in place