The chairperson of the Land Commission of Inquiry Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire says the Public hearings could not resolve all cases adding that those pending will be transferred into other investigations mechanisms of government.
The fate of numerous pending complaints filed at the Land
Commission of Inquiry for investigations hang in balance as tenure of the
The Commission of Inquiry into land matters says two and half years of
extensive investigations failed to get to the bottom of the complex Uganda’s
It only managed to define the most fraud-ridden state agencies charged with
land management as Uganda Land Fund, Uganda Land Commission, the Area Land
Committees and the District Land Boards where double titling of land take place
The chairperson of the Land Commission of Inquiry Lady Justice Catherine
Bamugemereire says the public hearings could not resolve all cases adding that
those pending will be transferred into other investigations mechanisms of
She said the Commission could only conduct 600 public hearings (approximately
eight percent) of the 7,767 complaints filed before it, admitting that the land
question remains unanswered.
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It is unclear what fraction of the complaints were disposed through Alternative
Dispute resolutions (ADR) which effectiveness the Commission was tasked to
tests and define.
Among the pending cases is the acquisition of land on Block 535 – 540 Plot 326
at Buwaya in Wakiso district, near Entebbe International Airport for
establishment of a duty-free export zone by the Uganda Free Zone Authority-UFZA
at more than Shillings 7 Billion.
The Land Commission of inquiry ended the investigation at the point of
interviewing Finance Minister Matia Kasaija and Keith Muhakanizi, the Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Finance. They were summoned to explain why
Ministry of Finance Officials went ahead to pay out more than 8 Billion
shillings despite directives to stay the transaction.
They were due to appear on Thursday and Friday respectively. Another pending
matter relates to complaints filed by residents of Naguru Housing Estate in
Nakawa Division in Kampala.
John Odit, the Assistant Lead Counsel of the Land Commission of Inquiry said
the Naguru land matter was also caught by time, ending the tenure of the
The two years of investigations saw twists and turns as the hunter became the
hunted in the course of the investigations with some of the witnesses
attempting to attack the commission which interacted with both the powerless
citizens and the powerful individuals in government inner circles.
Lady Justice Bamugemereire said some of the individuals had cohesive powers
with which they engaged in fraud, corruption, irregularities and land grabbing.
Most of the reported fraud happened in government land while citizens suffered
the bulk of double titling which were associated with numerous evictions.