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NABAKOOBA ASSURES EU, GIZ DELEGATIONS OF M7 GOV’T COMMITMENT TO RESOLVING LAND CONFLICTS

By Joel Mugabi

Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister Judith Nabakooba has reiterated President Yoweri Museveni’s Government’s commitment to resolving Mailo Land-related conflicts between landlords and tenants.

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In a recent meeting with EU and GIZ delegations, Minister Nabakooba explained what Government is doing to resolve land conflicts. The Minister, who Museveni previously praised for her role in fighting land grabbers, noted that a government program to facilitate the mapping of occupancies after bringing on board the landlords and tenants was the best option, especially given that the Land Fund was not sufficient to help buy out landlords so that tenants can acquire registrable interests in their bibanja.

The politician from Mityana assured GIZ and EU of Government’s commitment to the initiative put in place to register tenants and ensure that they acquire certificates of occupancy in the next phase. Nabakooba also emphasized the need to empower women through sensitization in order to secure their land rights and ensure peaceful co-existence between all categories of tenants and landlords.

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Nabakooba and the Government partners from EU and GIZ also resolved to scale up the Government Mailo Land intervention in order to find a lasting solution to the illegal land evictions. Under this intervention, tenants will be empowered to participate and benefit from the Government programs such as the Parish Development Model initiative, among others.

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The Minister also saluted the delegations for the work that the two partners are doing in the districts of Mityana, Mubende, Kassanda and Gomba in resolving issues of land conflicts between landlords and tenants, which wrangles often result in illegal land evictions as well as destruction of property and loss of lives.

Nabakooba went on to shower the delegations and their organizations with praises for supporting the first ever issuance of certificates of occupancy to tenants in Greater Mubende. She said that with support from GIZ and EU, Government had been able to fulfill the provisions in the Land Act, Cap 227, which was enacted in 1998. Of the tenants who received the Certificates of Occupancy, 61 per cent were male; 15 per cent of the certificates were registered in the names of both men and women; while 24 per cent were in women’s names.

She was also grateful to the partners for establishing and facilitating a mechanism of processing occupancy certificates in accordance with the laws of Uganda. The mechanism had enabled the Ministry of Lands to put in place a Register of Occupants which shows mailo certificates that are encumbered with occupancies; the names and contact addresses of the occupants; the exact area of land under each occupancy; and the total area of land mapped under occupancy per sub-county. With this information, it is easy for Government to take informed decisions in case of valuation, planning and execution of future Government plans.

 

On their part, the EU and GIZ representatives, who included Iris Knabe, from the German Embassy; Christina Banuta from the EU; James Macbeth Forbes, the GIZ Country Director; as well as Chistina Ketter  and Daniel Kirumira from the GIZ-RELAPU Project, pledged to support Government initiatives in resolving the policy and legal challenges in the land sector so as to enhance security of tenure in the country and to ensure peaceful co-existence of landlords and tenants, by helping both parties secure legal documentation. (For comments on this story, call, text or whatsapp us on 0705579994, 0779411734, 0200900416 or email us at mulengeranews@gmail.com).

 

 

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