Solicitor General appears before Land Probe Commission
The Solicitor General of Government Francis Atoke has assured the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters that whoever was compensated for his/her Land, to pave way for the construction of the Isimba Hydro Power Dam in Kayunga District, cannot claim compensation again because they lost rights over that land.
This follows a complaint to the Commission by Eng. Badru Kiggundu, the chairperson of the Project Steering Committee for Karuma and Isimba hydropower dams.
Last Month Eng. Kiggundu appeared before the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire led Commission asking it to intervene in a compensation dispute that had stalled the construction of Isimba hydropower dam.
He cited exorbitant compensation figures amounting to over 600 billion shillings demanded by Bibanja holders in Kayunga District, as payment for rock being excavated on land for which they had already been compensated for.
The Solicitor General said that when Govt acquired their land, it bought all the developments and properties on the land, because the definition of Land includes anything below and above the surface.
However he said there is need for the Constitutional court to interprete the relationship between the Mining Act and the Constitution which talks about stones and not rocks.