By George Busiinge
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni on December 8, 2016, constituted a commission of inquiry into effectiveness of the legal framework relating to land policies, processes of land acquisition, administration, management and registration.
The commission which will be chaired by the Court of Appeal Justice Catherine Bamugemereire is expected to commence its activities in January 2017. This move to check the effectiveness of land transactions, use and administration has been welcomed by Hoima local authorities.
Kadir Kirungi, the Hoima district chairman, has requested that the commission of inquiry committee should also visit Hoima district during their operations to screen land titles. He revealed that there are many people with forged land titles in the oil and gas rich district.
Kadir condemns what he describes as rampant land grabbing and forgery of land titles which has seen the poor lose their property to fraudsters at a stroke of a pen in the district. Kadir says he welcomes the committee because Hoima was becoming a haven for land grabbers due to the available commercial oil and gas.
In September, the ministry of lands canceled 15 land titles in Hoima district especially in the oil rich Buhuka oil field block in Kyangwali sub-county. Kadir says there over 40 more titles under scrutiny and probe because they were attained through unclear means.