Two judges appear before commission of inquiry into land matters

Two Judges of the High court have appeared before the commission of inquiry into Land matters to give their views on what limits litigants from accessing land justice in Uganda.
Andrew Bashaija the head of the Land division and Wilson Kwesiga the head of the Criminal division outlined the  high costs of running disputes, lack of clear guidelines , phasing out of Grade 2 magistrate courts  which were nearer to people and  ignorance of the law, as the major hindrances to justice.

Justice Bashaija  cited the issue of lack of funds to visit the property in dispute or locus by magistrates ,corruption , politicizing and vetting of court orders by police as other factors that negatively  impact on  land justice.

They then advised the 7Member Commission Chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire that there is no need to amend Section 26 of the constitution regarding compulsory acquisition of land by government.

The two Judicial Officers however  recommended that  local council courts should be replaced in communities, as they are very instrumental in transacting land matters,  hence reducing on case backlog and enable quick  access  to justice.

Story by

Veronica Kayaga

September 25 2017