By Christine Nakyeyune
President Yoweri Museveni has banned all land evictions in the country that are carried out without the consent of the respective District Security Committees (DSC).
In a letter dated February 28, 2022, addressed to the Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja, the president has directed that no eviction should be allowed to take place in a district without the consent and direct observation of the District Security Committee (DSC), chaired by the Resident District Commissioners/Resident City Commissioners (RDCs/RCCs) and direct consultation with the Minister of Lands.
The president warns that if this is not done and the illegal evictions go ahead, the members of the District Security Committee will all be held responsible and action will be taken against them.
He however says this excludes the UPDF representatives who may not be in the know of the substance of the issues involved.
The President has meanwhile requested the Chief Justice to prevail upon the Justices and Magistrates who violate the Constitution by illegally evicting people in collusion with land grabbers.
He further directed the Minister of Lands to inform the Attorney General about such abuses by judicial officers so that legal action can be taken against them.