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Ruling On Land Eviction Guidelines Pushed To Next Year

High Court Judge Musa Ssekaana has deferred to 25th January 2019 the ruling of the case in which four concerned Ugandans seek a court order for Government to issue guidelines regarding land evictions.

Although the ruling had been scheduled to be delivered last evening, this was not possible as the trial judge told the applicants lawyers who included Eron Kiiza, Gawaya Tegule and Emmanuel Chandia that the ruling was not ready due to complexity in this matter.

Being that various parts of the country have different tenure systems, the judge noted, this could have led to the delay by the authorities to have unified guidelines regarding evictions.

He however assured that the Principle Judge put in place a rules committee where judicial officers will come up with proper procedures on how evictions will be handled and he hopes that these will help him a lot in deciding this case.

“I am still studying a number of judgements and rulings on successful land eviction cases from various courts all over the world” Ssekaana added.

He further informed them that this issue has to be handled with much seriousness because it will be a basis that will guide future land evictions which have affected many citizens in the country

The applicants who are all victims of land evictions contend that a refusal, delay and failure by government to put in place clear procedural mechanisms that would ensure respect during eviction and resettlement of citizens is a contravention of government’s obligation of respecting, observation and fulfilment of people’s rights as enshrined in the 1995 constitution.

In their petition, they demanded court to declare that absence of adequate eviction procedures is against the right to life, property and dignity as enshrined in the constitution.

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