The ministry of lands has in the past noted that the Land Fund requires an annual allocation of 170 billion Shillings for ten years or a one-off of 1.7 trillion Shillings to compensate over 6,000 claimants.
The budget committee of
Parliament has directed the Uganda Land Commission to halt financial releases
to the Land Fund until there is proof of transparency in the verification and
compensation of beneficiaries.
The decision came after Buikwe
South MP David Mutebi asked the physical infrastructure committee chairperson
Robert Ssekitoleeko to table details about the beneficiaries of the Fund. Ssekitoleeko
was presenting a report of the physical infrastructure committee on the
2020/2021 National Budget Framework Paper. The committee had recommended that
an extra 129 billion Shillings be allocated to the Land Fund next financial
According to the report, the Fund
requires 168.3 billion Shillings annually but it has been allocated a paltry 39.3
billion in the financial year 2020/2021, the same amount it received last year.
The ministry of lands has in the past noted that the Land Fund requires an annual allocation of 170 billion Shillings for ten years or a one-off of 1.7
trillion Shillings to compensate over 6,000 claimants.
However, Mutebi says that there is a need to dig up the list of beneficiaries because
details of some of them are questionable.
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Ssekitoleeko tabled a list of
beneficiaries from the lands ministry but said that the list was devoid of critical details
such as the location of people who were compensated in the 2018/2019 financial
The List shows that the Land Fund received 36 billion Shillings
and compensated 69 beneficiaries in the during the year. Among the beneficiaries of the fund are the
Registered trustees of Kampala Archdiocese that received 7.9 billion Shillings,
Matthew Gureme, one billion Shillings and Deborah Kakiiza Winifred who received
200 million Shillings.
Budget committee chairperson Amos
Lugoloobi said that the committee found out that most of the beneficiaries were
from Western Uganda, yet there are land wrangles and evictions across the
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Dokolo woman MP, Cecilia Ogwal said that the Lands Ministry should
submit a utilization report of the Land Fund for the last three financial
years, to track the progress of compensation and thereafter ask the Auditor General
to conduct a forensic audit on the Land Fund.
Lugoloobi, however, disagreed, adding that it is better to
suspend the Fund and demand accountability.
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Meanwhile, Kasese Woman MP, Winfred Kiiza advised the budget
committee to take interest in the Land Fund because some people benefited even
after encroaching on government land.
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Ssekitoleeko also noted that the lands ministry has not submitted
the utilization report yet it was a directive from the physical infrastructure
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Lugoloobi says that until the issue is discussed and disposed of, the Land Fund will remain suspended.