The Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters headed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire will on Saturday November 9, 2019 end its work.
The commission has been in operation for 30 months and Saturday will mark the end of the 18 months extension granted by the President in May 2018 to enable the Commission complete its work.
It has been investigating the effectiveness of the law, policies and processes of land acquisition, management and registration in the country since it was set up by President Museveni on December 8, 2016.
According to Daily Monitor newspaper, Bamugemereire said that they will not seek to extend their tenure.
“What is being considered for extension time is time to write the report before we hand over,”she told the local daily.
Statistics at the Commission show that 7,799 complaints were received and 2,700 of them filed by people, who were threatened with evictions based on court orders.
They also show that 3,400 complaints were referred for mediation while 110 cases were handled through public hearings.
Over 3000 cases remain unresolved:
The Commission’s lead counsel, Ebert Byenkya, said about 3,000 complaints remained unresolved and will form the basis for the next course of action.
“The funding was cut and affected investigations and it was not coming in time. We also had to cut down staff. It affected our capacity to investigate land matters and in some instances investigators encountered friction with people they were investigating, which affected the turnaround of cases,” he said.
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