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Uganda Land Acquisition Act 1965

Uganda Land Acquisition Act 1965

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Land Acquisition Act 1965 (Ch 226)
CHAPTER 226THE LAND ACQUISITION ACT.Arrangement of sections.
Section
 Interpretation.
1. Interpretation.
 Acquisition, etc.
Power to enter on and examine land.Declaration that land is needed for public purpose.Land to be marked out, etc. Notice to persons having an interest.Inquiry and award.Taking possession.Withdrawal from acquisition.Acquisition of part of house, manufactory or other building.Temporary occupation of waste or arable land for public purpose.End of temporary occupation.Power of Minister where claim for severance is excessive.
 Legal proceedings.
Appeals.References to the court.Enforcement of right to possession.Rules on procedure, etc.
 
Miscellaneous.
Offences and penalties.Service of notices, etc.Saving for acquisition by agreement, etc.Regulations.
CHAPTER 226THE LAND ACQUISITION ACT.
Commencement 
: 2 July, 1965.
An Act to make provision for the compulsory acquisition of land for public purposesand for matters incidental thereto and connectedtherewith.
 Interpretation.
1. Interpretation.
In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires— “appointed officer” means a person appointed under section 10(1);“assessment officer” means a public officer or other person appointed by the Minister to be an assessment officer for the purposes of this Act, either generally or in a particular case;“declaration” means a declaration made under section 3(1);“High Court” means the High Court of Uganda;“land commission” means the Uganda Land Commission established by article 238(1) of the Constitution;“person having an interest” in relation to any land includes all persons claiming aninterest in compensation payable for or in respect of the land under this Act and all persons having an interest in an easement affecting the land;“registered proprietor” in relation to land means a person registered as proprietor of theland under the Registration of Titles Act;
 
(h) “Register Book” means the Register Book kept in pursuance of the Registration of Titles Act.
 Acquisitions, etc.
2. Power to enter on and examine land.
(1) In order to ascertain the suitability of any land for a public purpose, any personauthorized by the Minister may enter upon the land and— survey the land;dig or bore into the subsoil and remove samples; anddo any other thing necessary for ascertaining its suitability for that purpose.The Government shall pay compensation to any person who suffers damage as a result of the exercise of the powers conferred by subsection (1).Any dispute as to the compensation payable under this section shall be referred by theAttorney General to the court for decision.
3. Declaration that land is needed for public purpose.
Whenever the Minister is satisfied that any land is required by the Government for a public purpose, he or she may, by statutory instrument, make a declaration to that effect.An instrument made under subsection (1) shall specify— the location of the land to which it relates;the approximate area of the land; andif a plan of the land has been made, a place and time at which the plan may be inspected.(3) The Minister shall cause a copy of every declaration to be servedon the registered proprietor of the land specified in the declaration or, as thecase may be, on the controlling authority and, if the proprietor is not theoccupier of the land, on the occupier.
4. Land to be marked out, etc.
On the publication of a declaration under section 3 in respect of any land, the assessmentofficer shall cause the land to be marked out and measured and a plan of the land to bemade if a plan of the land has not already been made.

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