Katureebe hits at Bamugemereire over land

Irked by contents of a press release issued Justice Catherine Bamugemereire’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Land, the Judiciary has fired back, telling the Lady Justice to use proper communication channels.

The Bamugemereire commission last week issued a press statement lambasting judicial officers over the manner in which they handle land matters owing to the wide spread evictions around the country.

In a counter statement, the Judiciary has told the Bamugemereire Commission to act more professionally when addressing matters of such seriousness.

In its statement, the Judiciary said that much as it takes the issues raised in the Land probe commission’s press release seriously, and would appreciate if they are properly investigated to establish the facts and make appropriate recommendations for a lasting solution, it is concerned about the mode of communication the commission used.

“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 Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe.

“The Judiciary, as well as the government, would have studied that report and taken appropriate action, including giving the officers mentioned therein an opportunity to defend themselves,” Katureebe added.

He however said that the Judiciary will further study the press release and “try to work on it appropriately.”

“Any judicial officer found to have acted outside the law will be dealt with accordingly. The Judiciary has on occasions interacted with the Commission, including on September 25, 2017 when it formally presented a detailed memorandum with recommendations regarding land administration and adjudication in Uganda,” Katureebe stated.

The Principal Judge, Dr Yorokamu Bamwine, said the actions of a few judicial officers should not be used to brand the entire Judiciary a culprit.

“Lately, we are encouraging judicial officers to conduct judicial processes in a more transparent manner so as to enhance public trust and confidence in the Judiciary,” Bamwine.