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Moral rehabilitation medicine for land grabbing - expert

By Edward Anyoli, Andante Okanya

Added 12th February 2018 06:36 PM

People were brought up badly, Ssekabembe said.

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School Management Committee chairman Joel Ssekabembe (right) appearing before the land probe committee. PHOTO: Denis Dibele

People were brought up badly, Ssekabembe said.

The insatiable greed for land can best be remedied by moral rehabilitation, Joel Ssekabembe, a consultant has suggested.

Ssekabembe made the suggestion while appearing before the land inquiry commission public hearing at the Archives and Records Centre in Kampala.

The chairperson of Nakasero Primary School management committee, offered the remedy when asked by commissioner George Bagonza to recommend an appropriate measure to counter chronic greed for land.

“People were brought up badly. We need to have moral rehabilitation. People want to rise up so fast. Moral rehabilitation is key, I do not see any other way,” Ssekabembe said.

He explained that such corrupt tendencies are two fold; corruption due to need and corruption due to greed.

He stunned the commission when he said in his other duties as deputy chairperson of the Kampala district public accounts committee, he has been mocked for his steadfast stance and zero tolerance to corruption.

Ssekabembe remarked that several unscrupulous people have said he has potential to own a minimum of five lavish houses, owing to his privileged position.

Justice of Court of Appeal Catherine Bamugemereire is chairperson of the commission.

The commissioners are Robert Ssebunya, Mary Oduka Ochan, Joyce Gunze Habaasa, Dr Rose Nakayi, Frederick Ruhindi and George Bagonza Tinkamanyire.

John Bosco Suuza is assistant lead counsel. Judiciary deputy registrar of planning and development Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya, heads the secretariat.

Commission mandate.

The commission’s mandate is to probe efficiency of the laws, policies and processes of land registration, acquisition, administration and management.

It is also tasked with inquiring the effectiveness of the Uganda Land Commission (ULC) in administering public land and relevant bodies in the reservation of wetlands, forests, road reserves, and national parks, among other gazetted spaces.

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