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Law Society Speaks Out on Judicial Officers Cited in Land Grabbing

 

The Uganda Law Society (ULS), an association of legal practitioners in the country, has come up with guidance on how judges and magistrates who have been accused of enabling cases of land grabbing, should have been handled

This comes a week after the Land Commission of Inquiry led by Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire revealed that some judicial officers were helping land grabbers by issuing rulings, injunctions and court orders on land that is being investigated by the commission.

On Friday 26th October 2018 the chairperson of the land commission at a press briefing pointed out that multiple evictions in the districts of Wakiso, Mubende and Mityana had been authorized by judicial officers.

ULS through its president Simon Peter Kinobe in letter yesterday said while Justice Bamugemereire did a good job unearthing the judicial officers, she shouldn’t have rushed to publicise the matter.

Such matters he said should be reported to the concerned authorities via reports and recommendations

“We should Categorically state that under Article 129 of the constitution the Judiciary remains the only body with preserve jurisdiction to adjudicate land matters, we also note that powers should be exercised judiciously with accountability” Kinobe remarked.

He further asked all people in the legal profession in both government and private sector to treat and address each other with courtesy as well as decorum at all times.

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Responding to Bamugemereire’s concerns earlier, Chief justice Bart Katureebe also said the commission should have communicated via a report and not a press briefing.

The Chief Justice nonetheless promised to initiate investigations in the matter whereby any judicial officer found culpable will be dealt with accordingly.

 

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