The Justice Catherine Bamugemereire led commission of inquiry into land matters will continue with its investigation in land disputes for at least another six months after getting an extension from President Yoweri Museveni.
In an amendment of legal notice No. 2 of 2017 dated November 5, Museveni said: “This notice shall be deemed to have come into force on the 10th day of November 2017…The commission shall execute its mandate under this notice, within six months from the date of publication of this notice.
“The commission shall submit a final report of its findings and recommendations to the president within six months from the date of publication of the notice.”
The initial six-months tenure that started in May, had expired by November 9, 2017. The commission was appointed on December 8, 2016 and sworn in on February 19.
The seven-member commission’s mandate is to inquire into the effectiveness of law, policies and processes of land acquisition, land administration, land management and land registration in Uganda.
After about 180 days into its investigations and inquiry, Justice Bamugemereire said recently that the commission had found dirt on majorly soldiers, government officials and well connected businessmen who have used their offices and influence to cause massive land evictions.
The findings, according to the commission, came from inquiries conducted in districts including; Mubende, Jinja, Luwero, Hoima, Wakiso, Nakaseke, Mukono among others.
Bamugemereire confirmed the extension saying: “Yes, we received the instrument a couple of days ago. It is a welcome development because it is an endorsement of the work of the commission by the appointing authority.”