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Chief Justice Bart Katureebe questions Land probe’s style of work

The judiciary has responded to queries raised by the Land Inquiry Commission chairperson, Catherine Bamugemereire in regards to how courts were handling the land grabbing cases.
Justice Bamugemereire was speaking at a news conference on Friday when she accused judicial officers of issuing “bogus judgements and orders” in the eviction of bibanja holders.

According to a statement released by the third arm of the State on Monday morning, the judiciary is concerned with the mode of communication that the Court of Appeal judge used in channeling the mentioned points of contention.
According to the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe, they expected the commission to communicate such findings of this nature in form of an interim report rather than a press release.

“We would have expected the commission to communicate findings of a such serious nature in form of an interim report to the President, not a press release, ” says the CJ Bart Katureebe.
The judiciary however promised to look int the matter and and promised to deal with any officer who will be found to have acted outside the law.

Justice Bamugemereire’s verbal assault on the abuse of courts came four years after Anup Singh Choudry, a retired High Court judge also complained about corruption in the ‘temple of justice’ and accused senior lawyers and judges of conniving with the Attorney General’s office to defraud “impoverished” Ugandans.

The judge called for stern action against a racket of ‘mafias’ in the country’s judicial system saying her team encountered a rising number of orders, rulings, judgments and injunctions entered by judicial officers which have led to eviction of thousands of bibanja holders [bona fide tenants] or giving away protected land like forest reserves and wetlands countrywide.
She recommended an urgent review of all judgments issued by the courts on matters of land.

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