The Commission of Inquiry Into land matters has suspended its public hearings citing lack of funds. The Commission Chairperson, Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, says the Commission will take a technical break until when money is availed.
The Commission had planned to conduct more public hearings in Kampala beginning next week. The Commission had also planned to visit Mbale, Soroti, Mubende, Fort Portal and Kasese among others.
According to Bamugemereire, despite suspending the public hearings, the Commission will continue receiving complaints through its complaints desk in Kampala.
She however, didn’t reveal how much money the Commission needs to complete its work in the six month’s period it was allocated.
The Commission Secretary, Olive Karazawe who also doubles as the Accounting Officer wasn’t at the Press conference to answer questions on the funding challenges. In May, Lands Minister, Betty Amongi assured the Commission that she would do what it takes to ensure the Commission gets the required funding.
Bamugemereire notes that the Commission has reached out to the Lands Ministry on the funding in vain.
She said that next week, the probe will do its work backstage and as well as cut down on staff because the start-up money that it was given to them has run out.
This was said in a press briefing Thursday afternoon shortly before the commission broke off for a lunch break.