FINALLY: LAND INQUIRY COMMISSION STARTS IT INVESTIGATIONS ON WEDNESDAY

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By Kabuye Ronald
After along wait for the commission of inquiry into land matters to start it’s work  finally it has got some funds to enable it start it’s work this Wednesday May 3 and soon it will  open its doors to the public according to the press statement released today.
“We now have a confirmation that some startup funds have been released
through the Ministry of Lands for the Commission to start its work,” said the
Commission Chairperson, Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire. She said the
Commission work plan will be unveiled in due course/ as soon as possible.
Appointed by President Yoweri Museveni on December 8, 2016 and sworn in
on February 19, the seven-member Commission is to inquire into the
Effectiveness of Law, Policies and Processes of land Acquisition, Land
Administration, Land Management and Land Registration in Uganda.
The Commission has already set up its Secretariat at the National Records
Centre and Archives under the Ministry of Public Service at Plot 8-10 Lourdel
in Wandegeya, Kampala. Public hearings will be conducted in Kampala and in
various districts across the country.
The Commission shall submit an interim report to the President within a
period of three months from the date of its first hearing. The final report of its
findings and recommendations is to be submitted within six months from the
date of its first hearing “or such other time as the President may determine,”
according to Legal Notice No. 2 of 2017 that sets up the Commission.
Justice Bamugemereire, the Chairperson, is a sitting Justice of the Court of
Appeal/Constitutional Court. She will work with Commissioners: Owekitiibwa Robert Ssebunnya; Mrs. Mary Oduka Ochan; Mrs. Joyce Gunze Habaasa; Dr. Rose Nakayi; Hon. Fredrick Ruhindi – the immediate past Attorney General; and Mr. George Bagonza Tinkamanyire.
The support team include: Mrs. Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya (Commission Secretary), Dr. Douglas Singiza (Assistant Secretary-Research), leading Kampala advocate, Mr. Ebert Byenkya (Lead Counsel) and Mr. John Bosco Rujagaata Suuza (Assistant Lead
Counsel).

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