THIS WEEK: ULS boss advises government to drop amendments in land
Kampala, Uganda | THIS WEEK | Lawyers under their umbrella association Uganda Law Society (ULS) appeared before the lady justice Catherine Bamugemereire led land commission of inquiry on Aug.18. While there, the President Francis Gimara expressed reservations over the move by government to table amendments in land laws before parliament even before the committee appointed by the president finalizes its work.
“There is a problem with how we do things in Uganda. You appoint a commission of inquiry into land matters and give it mandate to investigate. Before they complete their work, as government you are tabling an amendment before the opinion of the land commission yet one of the terms of reference of constituting it is to advise you on the land acquisition. Why the rush?” he said.
Gimara who was leading a team of land laws summoned by the commission to provide an advisory presentation regarding the issues under inquiry said the constitution has given government powers to manage some land under the Uganda Law Commission and district land boards which hasn’t been managed adequately.
He said the commission has been giving out land to private persons something that needs to be investigated to know who took the land, the process they used and for what purposes.