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Mengo recalls land titles for revalidation

By Jeff Andrew Lule

Added 9th February 2016 07:03 PM

It is crucial that all tenants on Kabaka's land have their land titles validated because BLB is now the controlling authority for all of Kabaka's land.

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The Managing Director of Buganda Land Board, Male Kyewalabye (R) addressing the press at Masengere parking yard in Bulange on Feb 9, 2016, as Lawyer Barnabas Ndawula (L) looks on. Photo by PETER BUSOMOKE

It is crucial that all tenants on Kabaka's land have their land titles validated because BLB is now the controlling authority for all of Kabaka's land.

Buganda Land Board (BLB) has asked all people in possession of land titles on Kabaka's land, formerly issued by Uganda Land Commission (ULC) and District Land Boards (DLBs), to take them for revalidation.
 
The BLB managing director, Kiwalabye Male, said the move is aimed at regularizing the tenancy of their tenants being the new landlords.
 
Launching; 'Wetuukire', a campaign for the registration for of land titles at the BLB offices in Mengo Tuesday, Male said they want to identify all tenants and authenticate their titles in line with terms and agreements in which they were issued. The campaign is to last for two months beginning March 1.

  he anaging irector of uganda and oard ale yewalabye  and lawyer of uganda land oard arnabas dawula after the launch of etuukire ampaign hoto by  The Managing Director of Buganda Land Board, Male Kyewalabye (R) and lawyer of Buganda land Board, Barnabas Ndawula after the launch of Wetuukire Campaign. Photo by PETER BUSOMOKE


The title holders have to part with sh500, 000/= for the verification exercise.

This follows the return of the Kingdom properties by the Central Government in 2013.
 
Kabaka's land refers to all that land vested in the Kabaka of Buganda by virtue of his office and custody for the people of Buganda.

The land incudes; The king's official estate measuring 350 square miles covering the counties of Kyadondo, Busiiro, Kyagwe, including areas of Munyonyo,  Makindye and Buziga among others.
 
Kiwalabya said it is crucial that all tenants on Kabaka's land have their land titles validated because BLB is now the controlling authority for all of Kabaka's land.
 
Last year, BLB also carried out a mass registration of  bibanja owners in the kingdom. The tenants in Kyadondo and Busiro were charged sh600, 000  and sh100,000 in other counties.  

The BLD spokesperson, Joseph Kafumbe, said they managed to register over 100,000 people.
 
"Today those in other areas pay sh250,000 while in Kyadondo and Busiro they pay sh1.2m for registration and survey for those without files with BLB. This is to provide security to bibanja holders in the kingdom. They will have full rights over their land and know their landlords to avoid evictions," he said.

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