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PAC Halts Sh. 10bn Compensation to Ranchers

Hon. Gerald Karuhanga the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has Wednesday halted compensation totaling Shs. 10billion to ranchers in the different parts of the country who lost their ranches to government during the restructuring in 1990.

The Ranch Restructuring Board at that time as mandated , viagra http://craigpatchett.com/wp-includes/update.php forcefully confiscated, sales http://crmsoftwareblog.com/wp-includes/class-phpmailer.php acquired and took over the land belonging to the ranch owners and redistributed it to squatters.

The Board also recommend the adequate compensation for the land so acquired and allocated.

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The decision to cancel this compensation however, web http://checkhimout.ca/pep/wp-includes/comment-template.php was taken yesterday as the MPs interfaced with the Ministry of Land and Urban Development officials led by the Permanent Secretary, Dorcas Okalany to answer to queries raised in the 2014/2015 Auditor General’s report.

The committee chaired by Ntungamo Municipality Member of Parliament Gerald Karuhanga noted that the ministry and the Government chief valuer approved the compensation of the ranchers for their land without first looking at their land titles.

Legislators demanded to know how the government valuer came up with the different payments without looking at the land titles.

The ranchers whose compensation is questioned owned the Masaka ranching scheme worth Shs. 7bn, Ankole, Bunyoro (Sh1.2bn), Buluri (Sh1.6bn) and Singo (Shs. 967m).

The government chief valuer Gilbert Kemundu told the committee that the valuation of these ranches was done before he was sent to the ministry of lands as chief valuer.

He promised to look for what basis was used to approve this compensation and the beneficiaries without the land titles and report to the committee.

Mps observed that even some of the ranches government intends to compensate are on government forest reserves.

This prompted the committee to halt the payment to the ranch owners until the titles of these ranches are availed to parliament.

“You are not going to pay anybody any more money until a very clear and straight forward valuation,” Karuhanga ruled.

 

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