President Yoweri Museveni has constituted a 7 member commission to investigate land illegality in the country.
Addressing journalists at media center the lands, housing and urban development minister Betty Amongi said the commission is to be chaired by lady justice Catherine Bamugemereire who chaired the UNRA probe.
The minister says the president’s decision was prompted by rampant land evictions and several complaints from the public over land including land grabbing, delayed transactions and unfair treatment of genuine land owners.
“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”, the minister said.
HE the President has therefore, in exercising the powers conferred upon him under the Commissions of inquiry Act (CAP 166), has appointed a Commission of inquiry into the effectiveness of Law, Policies and Processes of Land Acquisition, Land Administration, Land Management and Land registration in Uganda.
The Commission shall be composed of a Chairperson and six members who include:
Hon Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire – Chairperson
Owekitibwa Robert Sebunya – Member
Mrs Mary Oduka Ochan – Member
Mrs Joyce Habasa – Member
Dr. Rose Nakayi – Member
Hon Fred Ruhindi – Member
Mr George Bagonza Tinkamayire – Member
The Commission shall be assisted by:
Mrs Olive Karazawe – Secretary
Dr Douglas Singiza – Assistant Secretary Research
Mr Ebert Byenkya – Lead Counsel
Mr John Bosco Rujagaata Suuza – Co-Lead Counsel
The Terms of Reference for the Commission shall include:
1. To investigate and inquire into the law, processes and procedures by which land is administered and registered in Uganda.
2. Investigate and inquire into the role and effectiveness of the Uganda Land Commission (ULC) in administering public land and the Land Fund.
3. Investigate, 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.
4. To investigate, 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.
5. To assess the legal and policy framework on Government land acquisition.
6. To identify, investigate and inquire into the effectiveness of the dispute resolution mechanisms available to persons involved in land disputes.
7. Inquire into any other matter connected with or incidental to the matters aforesaid and make recommendations as described below.
8. The Commission shall make recommendations:
– For improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the law, policies and processes of land acquisition, land administration, land management and land registration in Uganda and proposing necessary reforms.
– Pertaining to civil, administrative and criminal sanctions against persons found culpable for wrong doing.
The time frame for execution of this assignment shall be six months, The Commission shall submit an interim report to within a period of three months from the date of the first hearing and a final report of its findings and recommendations within six months from the date of the first hearing.