Museveni Unveils Judicial Commission to Resolve Apaa Land Disputes

State House Entebbe | The Black Examiner – Uganda’s President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has advocated for the utilization of a Judicial Commission of Inquiry as the definitive resolution for addressing the Apaa land dispute. The President articulated this standpoint on Friday at the State House in Entebbe, where he presided over the swearing-in ceremony of the Commission’s members, all of whom were appointed on April 3, 2023.

The conflict surrounding the contested land has centered on the Adjumani and Amuru Districts in Northern Uganda.

President Museveni emphasized that a Commission of Inquiry represents the most effective approach to tackling the Apaa land dispute. He underscored its significance, reasoning that previous initiatives had been subverted, necessitating the establishment of a commission vested with judicial authority.

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Highlighting the commission’s jurisdiction akin to a court of law, President Museveni outlined its potency in summoning individuals. He stressed that those summoned are bound to participate positively in the proceedings or else confront repercussions.

The individuals officially sworn in as members of the Commission include Bart Katureebe, the former Chief Justice, who takes on the role of chairperson. The roster also comprises Hon. Justice Alice Mpagi Bahigaine, Hon. Justice Steven George Engwau, Ms. Joyce Gunze Habaasa, and Dr. Fred Henry Bateganya.

Noteworthy appointments within the Commission encompass George Omunyokol as the lead Counsel and Imelda Adongo as the Secretary.

The ceremony also saw the presence of Hon. Norbert Mao, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

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