Two senior UPDF officers and the NRM deputy Secretary General have been named among people who have grabbed and are occupying the late Wilson Erinayo Oryema’s land in Pabit West Village, Pabit Parish, Purongo Sub-county in Nwoya District.
Among those named include The UPDF reserve commander Maj.Gen. Charles Otema, Lt.Col.Patrick Omona and Mr. Richard Todwong who have been reported before the land probe for allegedly grabbing the Late Oryema’s land.
Oryema was Uganda’s first African Inspector General of Police and also worked as the Minister for lands before he was murdered by state operatives alongside Archibishop Janani Luwum and Minister Oboth Ofumbi.
Appearing before the Bamugemereire commission, the granddaughter of the Late Oryema Ms. Nancy Oryema told the land probe chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire yesterday that her grandfather owned 6,500 acres of land but most of it is occupied by Maj Gen Otema and his relatives.
“He first claimed that my Auntie (Gertrude Oryema) had stayed in his hotel (Acholi Inn) and could not pay her bills so she decided to pay with 700 acres of land,” Ms Oryema told the commission.
Later Maj Gen Otema is reported to have claimed he owned 900 acres but of recent, he is claiming 2,000 acres of the land.
Mr Todwong has been accused of grabbing 380 acres. While Lt Col Omona was accused of trying to grab part of the remaining 650 acres.
Ms. Oryema informed the commission that she first learnt of the occupancy of the land in 2014 during the reburial of her grandfather and it was when President Musevni ordered that the land be returned to the rightful owners.
However Mr. Todwong boldly told the commission that he had bought 280 acres from Mr. Peter Ochaya and the rest of the 100 acres had been given to him by Gen. Otema as a token of appreciation.