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“Your decree on land evictions violates the independence of the court,” the ULS writes to Museveni.

According to the Uganda Law Society (ULS), requiring authorization from the District Security Committee (DSC) for an eviction after a court order has been obtained severely weakens the judiciary’s independence and efficacy.

President Museveni made the statements after prohibiting all land evictions in the country without the agreement of the District Security Committees.

Pheona Nabasa Wall, the president of the United Liberation Movement, said in a statement that this conduct amounts to placing the right to hear, resolve, and execute disputes in the hands of security organizations, which usurps the judiciary’s function.

“Right now, the police are assisting in the execution of a land eviction in order to provide security and guarantee that court decisions are followed. As a courtesy, the district security organs may be notified of an impending eviction, bolstering security and restoring community faith in the justice system,” Wall added.

She went on to say that issues between landowners and tenants should be addressed by a court with jurisdiction.

Wall asserted that any damage caused by any actor should be dealt with in a court of law, and that the judiciary and public justice actors should be given the tools they need to implement the law.

“In accordance with its mandate entrenched in Uganda Law Society Act, Cap 276 Laws of Uganda,” she stated, “the Uganda Law Society remains dedicated to helping the government in all matters impacting legislation, the administration and practice of law in the country.”

She stated that the society is aware that the land tenure system is riddled with illegal land evictions, and that the Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) have assisted in mediating and settling some of these conflicts.

She did, however, point out that the judiciary has the authority to resolve disputes and issue eviction orders after considering the evidence provided in court.

She counseled magistrates and other courts on best practices for land evictions, transactions, and executions, all of which involve the police in their current form.

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