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Government starts mapping land

By Nicholas Kajoba

Added 7th May 2019 08:46 PM

This will reduce land wrangles in the districts

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80-year-old Nzella Namyalo receiving her land map certificate from GIZ’s Daniel Kirumira (left) during the exercise held at Kidukulu parish on Friday. Photo by Nicholas Kajoba

This will reduce land wrangles in the districts

Over 5000 tenancy rights (Bibanja) holders from Myanzi sub-county in Kasanda district and Kakindu sub-county in Mityana district are some of the beneficiaries that received their land mapping certificates last week, at events that took place in Kiddukulu and Gombe villages respectively.

The issuance of the land mapping documents is under the project ‘Improvement of Land Governance in Uganda (ILGU)’ currently being implemented by GIZ (German Development Cooperation) in collaboration with the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

The project that is funded by the European Union (EU) and the German government aims at increasing tenure security and consequently improve agricultural productivity on private Mailo land.

GIZ land management specialist Daniel Kirumira and the LC3 chairperson of Myanzi, John Nsubuga, handed over the certificates to the beneficiaries at Kidukulu parish.

Kirumira said each of the mapped tenants received a land inventory (map) as the first document showing the size of the land, location, neighbours and Landlord.

“The Land Inventory Protocol (document) enables the tenant to negotiate with the landlord on whether to buy out, sale, acquire a lease or get a certificate of occupancy over the Kibanja,” he said.

Nsubuga applauded the mapping exercise, saying it will reduce land wrangles in the district.

“I hope that the Bibanja holders get to understand the boundaries of their land, it will reduce the conflicts,” he said.  

Nsubuga advised Bibanja holders to continue paying ground rent (Busuulu) to their landlords yearly even after the mapping exercise.

The GIZ team leader responsible for land policy, Thorsten Huber, said: “My team and partners have worked so hard sensitising, mapping and resolving conflicts between the landlords and tenants in the two districts. Seeing that we are able to hand over the first Land mapping inventory protocols to the Bibanja holders will go a long way in reducing land conflicts on private Mailo land,”

He further noted that the project involves mapping of Bibanja of willing tenants with the consent of their landlords.”

Robinah Nakazigo, one of the beneficiaries said the exercise was timely because she had occupied her Kibanja for the last 10 years without knowing its proper boundaries.

“I bought an acre of land 10 years ago without ascertaining the proper boundaries. We often get disagreements with my neighbours over the boundaries. I hope these misunderstandings will now be history,” Nakazigo said.

The Myanzi sub-county area land committee representative, Nzela Namyalo, said the exercise will reduce cases of fraudulent land deals.

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