KAMPALA, UGANDA: Mr. Bashir Juma Kizito, the lead surveyor at Buganda Land Board is set to face criminal prosectution over conflict of interest in execution of his duties.
Bashir who also doubles as a Public/Cival Servant acting as the Wakiso Districk Staff Survery and Private officer at Buganda Land Baord serving as the head of Mapping and Survey contrary to the public standing orders 2010.
This comes as a result of the 140 acres Kigo Land row between Kiham Enterprises and Buganda Land Board where KBJ made a non dated survey report for the conflicted land on behalf of Wakiso District Land Board his employer despite being the lead surveyor of BLB the Conflicting party, Making him both the Witness for Wakiso District Land Board and at the same time the Main Witness and Architect of the Complainant.
According to the Public Standing Orders 2010, Bashir’s actions contravene with the law and prosecutable in Uganda under Section 9 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2009 (Act 6 of 2009).
While Addressing the media at Ministry of Land on Friday May 20, 2022; city businessman Hamis Kiggundo who is a co-owner of Kiham Enterprises named Bashir Kizito who he said is also Wakiso District staff surveyor while at the same time the head of mapping and surveying for BLB.
‘’He writes reports for Mengo, he verifies them and he us the same person who approves the same at the district. ’You can’t author and verify your own reports.”
Kiggundu called upon the IGG to Investigated Bashir Juma Kizito over conflict of interest, between the private and public sector,’’
According to Counsel Fred Muwema, “There is actual conflict of interest in the duties of Kizito acting as both a public and private officer. This type of conduct is against the code of conduct and ethics of public service issued under the public standing orders 2010. This is also backed by Section 4.6 (i) of the said Code which provides that, “In the execution of official government business, a public officer shall not put himself or herself in a position where his or her personal interest conflicts with his/her duties and responsibilities as a public officer.
Conflict of interest is a punishable crime in Uganda. It arises where a public officer holds a position with or gives service to a person or a private body which is in conflict with his official duties. As The tribunal cannot therefore entertain this conflicted public official to pursue a conflicted complaint which derogates all best practices in public law. The irony of this case is that the freehold titles in issue were granted by Wakiso District Land Board, the employer of BKJ. This means that he is both a witness for Wakiso District Land Board as well as the main witness and architect of the Complaint.
In other words, BKJ is in a position to influence the matter before the tribunal for and against either party to the dispute. This is clearly in conflict with his official duties as a public officer and it is illegal conduct which renders the complaint illegal as well. The tribunal can therefore not entertain the said conflicted public officer. In this case, the Ham Vs BLB Case, it makes Kizito‟s survey report incompetent and inaccurate.
This is why Counsel Muwema even implored the Land Commission to rubbish his survey report .”Section 9 of the Anti-Corruption Act (Act 6 of 2009) Reads*9.
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