A disagreement is ensuing between the chairperson of Uganda Land Commission, Beatrice Byenkya Nyakaisiki and the Minister of Lands, Betty Kamya, over the list of land owners to be compensated.
Ms Kamya’s list of people includes the Lusanja and Ndeeba church land owners among others that she said have to be compensated using the Shs18b supplementary budget tabled before Parliament.
In her letter tabled before Parliament, Ms Nyakaisiki denied she knew the list of individuals that Ms Kamya presented to Parliament as people seeking compensation.
In her request, Ms Kamya sought Shs3.4b to pay Mr Medard Kiconco, a businessman who claims ownership of the Lusanja land.
“The Commission is not privy to this list and wants the Minister to be brought to order for having usurped its powers knowingly. To hoodwink Parliament that we are privy to this list is deplorable,” read part of Ms Nyakaisiki’s letter to Ms Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament.
In her response, Lands State Minister, Ms Persis Namuganza, claims that Ms Nyakaisiki was out of order.
“We want to solve the problem of people sleeping outside, and then someone from where the money is going says I am blocking it. What is that? Ms Namuganza told the press.
The disagreement has since attracted the suspension of the processing of a Shs292b supplementary budget that among others includes Shs18.5b meant to buy 18m doses of Covid-19.
The minister also requested for Shs3.82b to compensate Dodoviko Mwanje who pulled down the Ndeeba church.