Uganda Land Commission. The Uganda land commission (ULC) was established by the 1995 Constitution Art. 238. The mandate of ULC is to hold and manage any land in Uganda vested in or acquired by the Government of Uganda in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and shall have such other functions as may be prescribed by Parliament. The vision of the Commission is, “all Government land and property thereon, secured, effectively managed and historical land holding injustices resolved” while the mission is, “to effectively hold and manage all Government Land and property thereon and resolve all historical land holding injustices
Roles and Functions of Uganda Land Commission
The 1995 Constitution Art.239 lays out the functions of ULC as to hold and manage any land in Uganda vested in or acquired by Government of Uganda in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and such other functions as may be prescribed by Parliament.
The Land Act, Cap 227 (sec 49) lays out the functions of ULC as follows;
- a) Hold and manage any land in Uganda which is vested in or acquired by the Government in accordance with the Constitution;
- b) Where applicable, hold and manage any land acquired by the Government abroad, except that the Commission may delegate the management of such land to Uganda’s Missions abroad;
- c) Procure certificates of title for any land vested in or acquired by the Government;
- d) Perform such other functions as may be prescribed by or under the Land Act or any other enactment;
- e) Sec 41(2) of the Land Act places management of the Land Fund (LF) to the Uganda Land Commission.
The Commission’s Organizational Structure and Establishment.
The Commission has two tiers Structure comprising of the top management and the Secretariat. The top management is comprised of the Chairman and eight (8) Commissioners who are responsible for the execution of the mandate of the Commission. Chairman of the commission is full time while the rest of other Commission members are part time.
The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary who is the Accounting Officer responsible for overall coordination, direction and management of all functions of the Secretariat. The Secretary is assisted by an Undersecretary who heads three distinct functional units namely; Finance and Administration, Technical Support and Land Fund.