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Chief Justice to Gov't: Plug Gaps in Land Laws, Policies

According to Justice Katureebe, the existing laws and policies have gaps in as far as resolving land matters are concerned. This isnt the first time; the chief justice is raising this matter.
29 Jan 2019 12:10
Chieg Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe. File Photo

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The Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe has asked government to come up with necessary laws and policies on critical aspects regarding land matters especially evictions. 

According to Justice Katureebe, the judiciary is particularly challenged in the area of land adjudication.

 

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He was speaking during the 21st annual judge's conference, which is ongoing at Serena Hotel in Kampala. According to Justice Katureebe, the existing laws and policies have gaps in as far as resolving land matters are concerned.  This isn't the first time; the chief justice is raising this matter.

 

In 2018, he sent a copy of Kenya's lands legislation to President Yoweri Museveni, Attorney General William Byaruhanga and Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Kahinda Otafiire recommending that government adopts it so as to stem the rampant illegal land evictions across the country.

Kenya amended its land act on the advice of the Chief Justice. Katureebe noted then, that the Kenyan Land Act would do more wonders for him since Uganda has only Land Practicing guidelines without legislation. 

Katureebe said the judiciary has started operating mobile courts to handle cases involving large numbers of litigants on the ground but is short of the necessary resources. He appealed to judicial officers to handle land disputes with precision and impartiality.

 

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During the same event, President, Yoweri Museveni criticized the manner, in which more than 540 people were illegally evicted from Lusanja on the orders of Nabweru Court Chief Magistrate, Esther Nansambu. 

 

Museveni explained that the eviction affected his fighters; saying will confront the Magistrate if the Chief Justice remains silent on land matters.

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In 2018, Nansambu wrongly issued orders to city businessman, Medard Kiconco paving way for the eviction of several families from a piece of the Lusanja land.

 

High Court later found that the orders were meant for Kyadondo Block 206 plot 671 at Sekanyonyi in Mpererwe and  not Lusanja. 

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