The Minister for Presidency, Milly Babalanda, is chairing the Buganda Regional Meeting to review the progress in implementing the Presidential Directive on Land Evictions issued on February 28th, 2022.
The meeting involves various officials, primarily from the Uganda Police Force-UPF, Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and Resident City Commissioners from the Buganda Region, the Office of the Inspector General of Government, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney General’s Chambers, and other essential stakeholders.
President Museveni’s directive explicitly prohibits evictions in a district without the district security committee, chaired by the RDCs, meeting and directly consulting the Minister of Lands. The President emphasized that failure to adhere to this protocol, resulting in evictions, would prompt action against all members of the District Security Committee, except the UPDF representative due to potential lack of knowledge about the issues at hand.
Additionally, Museveni instructed Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo to prevent magistrates and judges from violating the Constitution by engaging in illegal evictions in collusion with land grabbers. Furthermore, the President directed the Minister for Lands to inform the Attorney General about any misconduct by judicial officers, enabling appropriate legal action against them.
Addressing the attendees, Babalanda expressed her intent in summoning the key stakeholders to assess the progress of the directive’s implementation, determine areas of potential failure, and chart the way forward.