November 27, 2021

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Nabakooba suspends land commission bosses

Lands minister Judith Nabakooba

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Lands Minister Judith Nabakooba has suspended Uganda Land Commission (ULC) bosses citing corruption and bickering over deals.

On the spot is the chairperson Beatrice Byenkya Nyakaisiki and her commissioners.

This is according to her October 12 letter to President Museveni copied to Attorney General, Ministers of State, Nyakaisiki and the secretary of ULC.

It follows an inquiry ordered by Nyakaisiki seeking to expose corruption and abuse involving staff of the commission.                                                     

The inquiry into corruption in land transactions and abuse of funds at ULC has now resulted in an administrative standoff between the chairpersons and other commissioners, bringing the activities of the commission to a standstill.   

“I decided to temporarily assume the duties of managing the Commission as we establish the true genesis of the problem. I have asked the Auditor General to carry out a forensic audit of all key land transactions by the Commission and submit a report quickly……Further, I have requested the IGG to carry out an investigation into alleged cases of abuse and misuse of Commission resources,” Nabakooba told the president.  

She said the commissioners ganged up against Nyakaisiki after she instituted an inquiry into the dealings.

The ULC is a semi-autonomous body established by the 1995 Constitution Art. 238.

The mandate of ULC is to hold and manage any land in Uganda vested in or acquired by the government in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

The commission is also responsible for holding and managing land owned by Uganda, outside of the country. They issue leases on public land and manage the Land Fund.

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