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Museveni has made it illegal to displace people from their land without the permission of the RDC.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has made it illegal to evict people from their homes without the permission of the Resident City/District Commissioners.

Museveni stated the District Security Committees-DSC, which are led by RDCs/RCCs, must be informed and then consent for any eviction to take place, according to a statement released by the presidential deputy spokesperson Faruk Kirunda.

“In a letter dated February 28, 2022, addressed to Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja, and using his powers under Article 98(1) and 99(1) of the Constitution, the President directed that; no eviction should be allowed to take place in a district without the consent and direct observation of the DSC chaired by the Resident District Commissioners/Resident City Commissioners, and direct consultation with the Prime Minister.”

Museveni further ordered that if ‘illegal’ evictions are carried out, all members of the District Security Committee will be held accountable and legal action will be taken against them, according to the report.

Only the UPDF representatives were exempted, since he said they might not be aware of the matters at hand.

In the same letter, Museveni asked Chief Justice Alfonse Owinyi-Dollo to intervene on behalf of judges and magistrates who, he claims, are violating the Constitution by enabling illegal evictions in conjunction with land grabbers.

“He also asked the Minister of Lands to report such violations by judicial officers to the Attorney General so that legal action may be taken against them,” Kirunda adds.

Not only in the heavily populated parts of central Uganda, but throughout the country, Uganda has been wrestling with the issue of land evictions, which are primarily carried out with the assistance of the police and other security groups.

All government attempts, including the creation of a land fund and amendments to land laws, have failed to prevent these evictions. However according to the current law dealing to land evictions, there has been no function for the RDC in such instances. There has been no other layer of authority to grant or deny eviction orders for as long as the court has granted them.

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