Govt Officials, Police Aiding Land Grabbing And Evictions-MPs

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During debate on a motion by Wakiso Woman MP, Rosemary Sseninde, urging government to inquire into recurrent illegal land evictions in the country, the legislators singled out the police as one of the government agencies that are involved in assisting individuals to grab land from particularly poor people.

The Executive has come under fire over the involvement of security agencies in abetting land grabbing across the country.

During debate on a motion by Wakiso Woman MP, Rosemary Sseninde, urging government to inquire into recurrent illegal land evictions in the country, the legislators singled out the police as one of the government agencies that are involved in assisting individuals to grab land from particularly poor people.

MPs Tom Ayo (Kwania County), Lucy Akello (Amuru Woman) and Onyango Kakoba (Buikwe North) noted that the Police, that is mandated to protect the rights of citizens has ignored its duties for monetary gains.
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Government officials were not spared during the debate, as legislators accused them of massive corruption in issuance of land titles, coupled with involvement in land grabbing scandals involving top shots in government.

"You find that the top officials have grabbed government land including ministers. There is land in Mukago and Kololo that has been taken. By the way, if I was asked to bring the names of these top shots, I would not have a problem," Elizabeth Karungi, the Kanungu Woman MP threatened.

In defence of the Police, State Minister for Internal Affairs, James Baba explained that the police only carry out evictions on court orders.

However, his superior, General Aronda Nyakairima promised to deal with police officers who are involved in violent land evictions.
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The Minister of Lands, Daudi Migereko, on the other hand begged government not to institute an inquiry, instead revealing that cabinet set up an inter-ministerial committee last week, headed by Local Government minister, Adolf Mwesige to probe the growing land wrangles.

He asked for one month to come up with a report on the matters.
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Government is also seeking about 1.7 trillion shillings under the Land Fund to settle land disputes.
 

 

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