Land Inquiry Starts Work
The Commission of Inquiry into land matters officially starts work this Wednesday May 3 and will soon be opening its doors to the public.
“We now have a confirmation that some startup funds have been released through the Ministry of Lands for the Commission to start its work,” said the Commission Chairperson, Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire. She said the Commission work plan will be unveiled in due course/ as soon as possible.
Appointed by President Yoweri Museveni on December 8, 2016 and sworn in on February 19, the seven-member Commission is to inquire into the Effectiveness of Law, Policies and Processes of land Acquisition, Land Administration, Land Management and Land Registration in Uganda.
The Commission has already set up its Secretariat at the National Records Centre and Archives under the Ministry of Public Service at Plot 8-10 Lourdel in Wandegeya, Kampala. Public hearings will be conducted in Kampala and in various districts across the country.
The Commission shall submit an interim report to the President within a period of three months from the date of its first hearing. The final report of its findings and recommendations is to be submitted within six months from the date of its first hearing “or such other time as the President may determine,” according to Legal Notice No. 2 of 2017 that sets up the Commission.
Justice Bamugemereire, the Chairperson, is a sitting Justice of the Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court. She will work with Commissioners: Owekitiibwa Robert Ssebunnya; Mrs. Mary Oduka Ochan; Mrs. Joyce Gunze Habaasa; Dr. Rose Nakayi; Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi – the immediate past Attorney General; and Mr. George Bagonza Tinkamanyire.
The support team include: Mrs. Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya (Commission Secretary), Dr. Douglas Singiza (Assistant Secretary-Research), leading Kampala advocate, Mr. Ebert Byenkya (Lead Counsel) and Mr. John Bosco Rujagaata Suuza (Assistant Lead Counsel).
The Land Inquiry Terms of Reference:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- To assess the legal and policy framework on Government land acquisition.
- To identify, investigate and inquire into the effectiveness of the dispute resolution mechanisms available to persons involved in land disputes.
- To inquire into any other matter connected with or incidental to the matters aforesaid and make recommendations.
- 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.
May 1, 2017.
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