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MPs Shocked that Uganda Land Commission has No Inventory

Roland Ndyomugyenyi, the Rukiga County MP wondered why the Government continues to pay the Commission, and proposed that their budget for the FY 2022/23 be differed until their roles and scope of work are properly defined.
04 May 2022 16:58
Andrew Nyumba, the Acting Secretary of the ULC (purple necktie) during a meeting with the MPs at Parliament. Photo by Dominic Ochola_URN

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Officials from the embattled Uganda Land Commission – ULC on Wednesday irked Members of Parliament after they failed to produce an up-to-date land inventory.

This was after Parliament’s Commission on Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises – COSASE led by Joel Ssenyonyi, the Nakawa West MP probed ULC officials over irregularities pointed out by the Auditor General in FY 2020/21.

The Commission led by Andrew Nyumba, the Acting Secretary told the MPs that they do not have a comprehensive inventory for the Government land and properties that are occupied by tenants, vacant, or acquired under compensation.

Nyumba told the MPs that there were several challenges including Covid-19, and lack of funds that has made it very difficult to develop a comprehensive land database for the country.

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Roland Ndyomugyenyi, the Rukiga County MP wondered why the Government continues to pay the Commission, and proposed that their budget for the FY 2022/23 be differed until their roles and scope of work are properly defined.

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Joyce Acan, the MP for people with disability insisted the Commission must provide an inventory within the shortest period of time possible to exonerate them from land fraud allegations.

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Meanwhile, Kasilo County MP Elijah Okupa pointed out that the failure by the Commission to have an updated land database is intended to defraud the Government contrary. He proposed that the Board and Lands Minister should be summoned to respond to some of the queries./\

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Other officials from the Commission included; Noah Wambijji Hasahya, (Internal Auditor), Denis Musinguzi (Senior Land Officer), Joseph Eseru (Senior Accountant), Alex Okwake, David Mugulusi, Chris Otim Jaramogi and Joan Namulondo (Principal Human Resource Officer).

Section 49 of the Land Act, adding the Commission's Board officials and the Lands Minister should be summoned to respond to some of the queries. The Land Act, Cap 227 requires the Commission to hold and manage any land in Uganda which is vested in or acquired by the Government in accordance with the Constitution.

According to the Auditor General’s report in FY 2019/20, up to 546 million was budgeted to establish a land inventory or database. As of March 28, 2020, the Commission had already spent 298,761,993 million.

According to the AG report, lack of a comprehensive land database hinders effective stewardship of government land. The report also revealed that the Commission is battling up to 466 court cases.

Currently, the Chairperson of the Commission Beatrice Nyakaisiki Byenkya is serving a suspension alongside her Secretary Imaryo Barbara following a directive by the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Judith Nabakooba over alleged abuse of office.