Museveni to meet land probe team

By David Lumu

The President appointed Justice Bamugemereire to lead the commission of inquiry into land related issues in the country

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President Museveni appointed Justice Catherine Bamugemereire (L) to lead the inquiry. PPU Photo

President Yoweri Museveni will next week meet Justice Catherine Bamugemereire and members of her commission of inquiry into land-related matters.

According to Betty Amongi, the Minister of Land, during the meeting with the land probe team, Museveni will give the guidelines relating to the work demarcation of the inquiry as well as logistical issues, especially the funding of the commissioners.

The commission was supposed to start work early this year but Amongi said there were delayed by a few hiccups, which have been rectified. "Names of two commissioners were not spelt well but they have since been corrected and put in the gazette," she said.

Amongi said during the meeting with Museveni, the commissioners will also take oath.

In December last year, Museveni appointment of Justice Bamugemereire to lead the commission of inquiry into land related issues in the country.

The other members include, Robert Sebunya, Mary Oduka Ochan, Joyce Habasa, Makerere University land law lecturer, Dr. Rose Nakayi, former Attorney General Fred Ruhindi and George Bagonza Tinkamanyire.

The secretary to the Commission is Olive Karazarwe and Assistant Secretary Research is Dr. Douglas Singiza, while Lead Counsel to the Commission is Ebert Byenkya, deputised by John Bosco Rujagaata Suuza.

The team appointed under the Commissions of Inquiry Act is tasked to, among other issues, inquire into the effectiveness of law, policies and processes of land acquisition, land administration, land management and land registration in Uganda.

Previously, Lady Justice Bamugemereire chaired KCCA Tribunal in 2013 which was tasked to probe fights at City Hall between Executive Director Jennifer Musisi and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago. She has also chaired the Commission of Inquiry into the graft allegations at the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA).