Police have recovered over 70 land titles from the premises of a former high ranking official at Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), raising fears of corruption and primitive accumulation of wealth.
Police recently raided the residences of William Tumwiine, the Head Policy and Rulings under the legal directorate at UNRA, where detectives say they could have obtained evidence that could implicate the senior official in acts of corruption.
This followed a land compensation case gone bad that saw Tumwiine suspended and later dismissed from service.
On a tip off/ intelligence information that suggested he was living beyond his means and amassing wealth, investigators swung into action.
“The information we received pointed to suspicion of corruption,” said a source that preferred anonymity so as to speak freely.
“So we conducted investigations and indeed uncovered over 76 titles to his name and other Agreements of land purchases,” the source added.
“In a way, our teams call this illicit enrichment and listed in the Anti-Corruption act.”
The team of policemen raided homes of Tumwiine’s in-laws in Najjera and another in Bunga where they recovered this property.
The development has raised concerns that UNRA staff are using their positions to accumulate wealth especially in land compensation.
UNRA Communications Officer Mark Ssali said he would crosscheck with authorities before returning to us.
“Let me find out and get back to you,” said Ssali when contacted by this investigative website.
He had not called back when we posted this story.
Tumwiine worked with the old UNRA before joining the new and strict dispensation led by Allen Kagina.
His dismissal came just two years after serving in the new UNRA.
Efforts to reach Tumwiine when we posted this story on Saturday evening were still fruitless as he was not responding to our calls.
Officials told us the investigations are ongoing “but the team is proceeding to work with the land agencies to establish how he acquired these properties and also with the judicial entailment of this country including the DPP to pursue a case of abuse of office, corruption since it is possible he amassed this property as a public servant and during his tenure as a powerful official in the law department of the former UNRA establishment.”