There is a huge problem in this nation and I am also not sure yet how to define it but I am sure we have a problem.
First we have a government that does not seem to have a problem with uncontrolled population growth. If it did, I would know because its leaders are not even trying to warn us that we need to watch and check how many we are.
This is in a nation where we have an inelastic land with problems that are so complex that attempted solutions can take down a government.
Let us be honest, how do you solve a land problem in a nation that has as many land tenure systems as ours does and with a foundation like Uganda’s? You have to remember that Uganda is a colonial idea founded on and for unfairness to locals. I am open to the British proving I have grossly misunderstood their noble agenda here.
Did they, that started these land tenure systems, that we have maintained bizarrely if you ask me, have the interests of the ordinary Ugandan at heart? Can anyone one prove to all and sundry that these land tenure systems were not meant to further the interests of their founders even after they handed over this colonial idea we call a nation?
Fast forward we now have a president who has both inherited a problem of land that is older than the NRM even though its got to be said the NRM has also contributed to complicating it further.
In an attempt to solve the land problem, the president has placed a commission of inquiry to do what the State House land unit did not do and perhaps could not!
I have always been a big admirer of the Bamugemereire led commission. There must be reasons why there are so many people running to this commission that some loath. Let’s look at those who love to run there and those who hate it as much as they hate its head the Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.
I have ever ended up in a police cell for criminal trespass on a property for which I had a valid running tenacy agreement! The DPC had a copy of the same and yet he locked me up! No one could explain to me why and how a tenant was trespassing in a house when he had a landlord that was known.
Later I was kicked out of that house while my landlord has a maintain status quo document from the High Court. They that threw me out had run to a lower court and sued me for not paying them rent when a higher court had clearly ruled that I pay my landlord rent until the main suit on rightful wonder of the disputed property was sorted. So in effect a lower court made a decision on matters ruled over by a higher court. That is Uganda and its judicial system on land matters.
People like me and many more run to the Bamugemereire commission because we feel she knows what is going on. This is what I found out. Land thieves in Uganda do not mind the court system and its modus operandi because they can actually run there to get court’s help. This is why they want the Lady justice managing the commission to behave like other judicial officers because those thy can “handle”…They steal your land, run to court, get an order to maintain status quo while they block you from your land then they keep pilling an order on top of another.
What they do not want is places like this commission where on live television they have to prove they own the property because that is not easy to manipulate. I actually think that the method Bamugemereire uses to humiliate and embarrass them is very effective because they want to come off as hard working Ugandans not that they are! If you are not a thief why do you mind that place and its methods?
This lady has never yelled at The Katikiro or Omulangira Wasajja. I am beginning to think that the land thieves want to use the media to change the narrative so they can transform the land probe into a place where they are as comfortable to go as they are the courts that they have tamed.
The people who locked me out of my home and left my property littered all over grass, ruined the contents of my house worth over
$10,000. I would not mind seeing these people forced to appear before the Bamugemereire commission. They embarrassed me and left my three girls psychologically traumatized for life.
You can’t act normally in an abnormal situation. It is naïve to think that land matters in Uganda are normal. The land probe cannot act normally in an abnormal situation. For the moment, it is the powerless Ugandans best floor to seek justice. Let me be clear; we powerless, humiliated, robbed Ugandans don’t mind the Lady justice standing on tables and yelling at our tormentors because then we feel there is a good reason to take a girl to school as we see these thieves coiling and shaking like leaves in a storm.
Come on, Justice Bamugemereire, give us one more for the gallery!