By our reporter
Best Kemigisa, the Queen Mother of the Tooro Kingdom, has been given an ultimatum of three days to report to the Commission of Inquiry into Land matters or face arrest.
“Criminal summons are issued against Best Kemigisa to appear on April 23 (this year) at 9am,” ordered Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, who chairs the seven-member Commission.
She is accused of selling over 9,000 hectares of kingdom land to the government without receiving authority and threatening families occupying land at Kijuma, Burasya County in Kabarole District.
It is alleged that upon the death of former King of Tooro, Patrick Mathew Olimi Kaboyo III, in August 1995, Queen Kemigisa fraudulently acquired letters of administration with three other people which she used to administer the estate of the family.
In another complaint, Tooro elders under their umbrella body, Isaazi Ly’ Abantu Bakuru Ba Tooro from Tooro led by the Fort Portal Municipality MP, Alex Ruhunda, asked the Commission to halt all cases of extra-legal evictions and land grabbing.
They allege that since 2003, Queen Kemigisa aided by armed security agencies, conducted a series of land grabbing and evictions of bonafide occupants on the land and destroyed property, including houses and crops around Fort Portal Municipality in Kabarole District.