Justice Bamugemereire to Head Land Probe

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Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire has been appointed to lead a commission of inquiry into the land issues in Uganda.

President, Yoweri Museveni has appointed Justice Catherine Bamugemereire to head the land probe. The Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Betty Amongi Ongom, disclosed this while addressing journalists at the government owned Media Center this morning.

The other probe committee members are Robert Sebunya, Mary Oduka Ochan, Joyce Habasa, Dr. Rose Nakayi, Fred Ruhindi and George Bagonza Tinkamanyire. The commission will be assisted by Olive Karazawe as the Secretary, Dr. Douglas Singiza, Assistant Secretary Research, Ebert Byenkya, Lead Counsel and co lead counsel, John Bosco Rujagaata Suuza.

The Commission among others has been mandated to investigate and inquire into the law, processes and procedures, by which land is administered and registered in Uganda, investigate and inquire into the role and effectiveness of the Uganda land Commission (ULC) in administering public land and the Land Fund.

The commission will also inquire into and review the effectiveness of the relevant bodies in the preservation of wetlands, forests, and game reserves and examine ways in, which the challenge of human habitation in those areas can be resolved.

Museveni has also tasked the commission to inquire and solicit views on the role of traditional, cultural and religious institutions who own large tracts of land with occupants in a bid to enhance better landlord/tenant relationships. 

The commission shall also assess the legal and policy framework on government land acquisition, investigate the effectiveness of the dispute resolution mechanisms available to persons involved in land disputes as well as inquire into any other matter connected with or incidental to the matters aforesaid and make recommendations.

According to the Minister, the commission shall make recommendations for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the law, policies, and processes of land acquisition, land administration and land registration in Uganda and propose necessary reforms.
Amongi describes the appointment of the Commission as timely especially to handle serious land wrangle that have rocked several parts of the country. 

"There have been rampant land evictions and several complaints received from the public relating to land. These complaints reported to numerous offices relate to land grabbing, delayed transactions, and unfair treatment of genuine land owners, tenants and other land users," Among said.
The probe has six months to accomplish the task.


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