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Museveni extends Bamugemereire’s land probe for six months

Land Commission boss Catherine Bamugemereire. File photo.

KAMPALA–President Yoweri Museveni has extended the tenure of the Land Commission for six more months, after its term had expired.

The commission tenure expired last week on November 12, but reports indicate that the President extended its operations.

The Commission headed by Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire started in February this year, unearthing frauds and exposing illegal evictions.

The seven-member commission was mandated to inquire into effectiveness of the law, policies and processes of land acquisition.

Bamugemereire termed the six-month extension as a welcome development, arguing that it is an endorsement of the work of the commission by the appointing authority.

The commission has been conducting public hearings across the country, interrogating tycoons and senior government officials.

In July, the commission suspended its operations because of lack of funds after only nine weeks of work.
The commission took a break to enable it seek more resources.

The money needed was to pay witnesses transport and look after them. The other costs the commission incurred involved facilitating investigators with fuel, to go the districts.

At one time the commission was forced to reduce their activities and embark on desktop work, which does not require travel expenses and maintaining officers.

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