Uganda Land Commission bosses suspended

Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Ms Judith Nabakooba.

The Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ms Judith Nabakooba, has suspended the leadership of the Uganda Land Commission.

This follows a recent investigation of corruption and bribery at the commission which she has taken over as head in the meantime.

On 2 this month, the Commission Chairperson, Ms Beatrice Byenkya Nyakaisiki, wrote to the Director Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Ms Grace Akullo, requesting for an investigation into her staff over alleged corruption and bribery.

The police arrested and detained four senior officials at the Commission including the Accounting Officer, Barbara Imaryo; a junior accountant, Chris Otim; a Lands Officer, Denis Musinguzi and an Auditor, Nowa Hasashya accusing them of corruption and bribery.

Ms Nabakooba has now written to President Yoweri Museveni informing him that the Inspector of General of Government investigation has resulted into an administrative standoff between the chairperson and other commissioners; bringing the activities of the commission to a standstill.

“In order to restore normality at the commission in the short term, I have taken the following steps: I decided to temporarily assume the duties of managing the Commission as we establish the true genesis of the problems,” said Ms Nabakooba in a letter to the president.

Ms Nabakooba told the president that she asked the Auditor General to carry out a forensic audit of all key transactions by the Commission and submit a report quickly.

“Further, I have directed the Inspector General of Government to carry out an investigation into alleged cases of abuse and misuse of the Commission’s resources.” She continued.

Ms Nabakooba said the findings of the report will guide the process of restoring order and normal functioning of the Commission.

The law                                                  

Ms Nabakooba’s decision is provided for under Section 55 of the Land Act where a minister is required to give policy direction to the commission on any matters.


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