The Rwampara County legislator has been grilled over fraud.
Charles Ngabirano appeared before the Police Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID), Kibuli on Thursday to answer queries in connection with acquisition and transfer of public land into private means.
He is among the seven top officials in Mbarara being probed over transfer of government land to private means without following the legal procedure.
These include; the Chief Administrative Office, Felix Cuthbert Esoku, District Senior Land management officer, Ms Godlive Nayebare, District Surveyor, Mr Emmanuel Himbisa and Human Resource Officer and Clerk to the district council, Ms Rosalia Karuhanga among others.
According to CID spokesperson Vincent Ssekatte, Ngabirano was questioned in regard to alleged conspiracy to defraud but was released on bond pending further investigations.
The said land houses the Mbabara district veterinary plot in Mbarara Municipality.
“We wanted to establish if he had a hand in the said irregularities because there is no minute pertaining the said transactions,” Ssekatte said told the local daily Monitor.
But Mr Ngabirano who spent close to four hours with police detectives told the media that he was invited by the police to present his documents to prove his ownership of the land.
“I bought that property (land) from Ms Grace Muhairwe and I have documents to show that I have a running lease from Uganda Land Commission (ULC) and I have handed them to Police as required,” he said.
Mr Ngabirano revealed that he purchased the land on two plots to construct a hotel but plans are underway to exchange it with the church.
He added: “I have used the same chance also to lodge my complaint against non-payment for my land which government took for the construction of Mbarara bypass.”