President Yoweri Museveni has extended the work of Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters for another six months.
Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, The chairperson of the commission of inquiry into land matters confirmed the extension stating that they received the instrument from the president a couple of days ago.
It should be noted that the initial six-month tenure had expired on November 9, 2017.
“It is a welcome development because it is an endorsement of the work of the Commission by the appointing authority.” According to the Amendment of Legal Notice No. 2 of 2017 dated November 5, President Museveni wrote: “…this Notice shall be deemed to have come into force on the 10th day of November 2017…The Commission shall execute its mandate under this Notice, within six months from the date of publication of this Notice”. Bamugemereire
“The Commission shall submit a final Report of its findings and recommendations to the President within six months from the date of publication of the Notice.” Appointed on December 8, 2016 and sworn in on February 19, the seven member Commission’s mandate is to inquire into the Effectiveness of Law, Policies and Processes of land Acquisition, Land Administration, Land Management and Land Registration in Uganda.
It officially opened its public hearings on May 9 at its base at National Records Centre and Archives under the Ministry of Public Service at Lourdel in Wandegeya, Kampala, next to the Ministry of Health Headquarters in Kampala.
The Commission has over the past few months, conducted several public hearings in and outside Kampala as well as unearthing a number of wrongful land evictions and mismanagement.
Field visits have been conducted in the areas of Wakiso, Nakaseke, Luwero, Mukono, Jinja, Hoima, Mubende, Masaka, Gulu and Mbarara, among others.
The Commission is chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, a sitting Justice of the Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court. The Commissioners are: Owekitiibwa Robert Ssebunnya; Mrs. Mary Oduka Ochan; Mrs. Joyce Gunze Habaasa; Dr. Rose Nakayi; Mr. Fredrick Ruhindi and Mr. George Bagonza Tinkamanyire. The support team has: Ms. Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya (Commission Secretary), Dr. Douglas Singiza (Assistant SecretaryResearch), Mr. Ebert Byenkya (Lead Counsel) and Mr. John Bosco Rujagaata Suuza assistant lead counsel.