By; News room
Witnesses that have appeared before the ongoing commission of inquiry into land matters have reportedly been threatened by some individuals with links to state security agencies.
This was revealed by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire, the chairperson of the commission, investigating a range of issues in Uganda’s land sector that was tasked to inquire into the effectiveness of the land law, the process of land acquisition, land administration, management and land registration.
So far six people have been arrested for allegedly intimidating a witness, Bukanzi Milton at the Commission’s public hearing on May 31. The suspects, who were charged with threatening violence, include Ssebugwanyi George William, Sseruyange Derrick, Magala Joseph, Mutebi Brian Lunninze, Kizito Muhamad and Lutaaya Stephen. They were remanded to Kigo prison.
The Commission faced almost a similar incident during its public hearing in Luweero when one landlord identified as Swaibu Yiga Mukasa allegedly used police and other state security agencies to intimidate witnesses. Former State Minister for Lands, Aida Nantaba had cautioned earlier, that the Commission is likely to face difficulty in dealing with government officials and senior security personnel involved in land grabbing.
But the commission Chairperson Justice Catherine Bamugemereire has warned whoever intends to use state security agencies to intimidate her, commission members and witnesses to dare.