Row between Katureebe, Bamugemereire deepens

Written by on December 17, 2018

The rift between the Commission of Inquiry in land matters chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire and the judiciary, headed by Bart Katureebe has widened, the Nile Post has learnt.  In October, Bamugemereire accused several judicial officers of colluding with colleagues from government to forcefully evict people from land in disregard of the law in what she termed as a syndicate.  In response, the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe later responded t Bmugemereire accusing her of using a wrong forum to address her complaints.  The judiciary, however, is concerned with the mode used by the Commission to communicate matters of such serious nature. We would have expected the Commission to communicate findings of such a serious nature in form of an Interim Report to the President, not a Press Release,” said Katureebe three days later.  However, in the following days, all actions have indicated that the row between the two has deepened. The commission had ordered the Uganda Land Commission to halt any payment from the Land Fund to claimants including Robert Mwesigwa through his company, American Procurement Company pending conclusion of their investigations into alleged dubious payments in regards plots located at Kyaggwe, Buyaga and Bugangayizi.  The High court ruling trimmed the land commission’s powers and also quashed orders in regards payment of billions of shillings in compensation to businessmen by the Uganda Land Commission.  On Friday during the magistrate conference at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala, the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe opened the lid off the row.  Katureebe said just like young monkeys that laugh at a forest that has caught fire, Justice Bamugemereire should has failed to return home to solve the problems within the judiciary but busy fanning fire.
courtesy of The Nilepost

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