The Acting Managing Director of Buganda Land Board Mr. Kizito Bashir Juma has emphasized that BLB will go ahead with its WEETUUKIRE campaign which requires all people who acquired both freehold and lease hold titles on the Kabaka’s land between 1967 and 2013 to have their titles regularized and validated so that their tenancy is secured. Speaking to staff members of Buganda Land Board during their monthly MD’s tea meeting at Masengere building on Friday 26 February 2016, Mr.Kizito stressed that BLB management will continue to make awareness and sensitize Kabaka’s subjects about the advantages of having their land titles from either Uganda land Commission or District Land Boards validated for their own good. He challenged all BLB staff in all the branches to be ambassadors of WEETUUKIRE because of the numerous benefits associated with it. In a separate interview the Head of Legal Services in Buganda Land Board Mr. Barnabas Ndawula stressed that WEETUUKIRE campaign aims at having affected persons to be positively recognized as the title holders and to that effect be identified, establish actual acreage, user and duration of leases, and most importantly changing the lessor to the current controlling authority which is Buganda Land Board. Ndawula emphasizes that this exercise aims at stabilizing the land market by ensuring that persons interested in buying parcels of land that have such leases are protected because they would have a simple and fast way of authenticating ownership, acreage and occupancy through Buganda Land Board. This scheme intends to assist title holders who have complaints that they are unable to enjoy possession of their land owing to mushrooming of squatters who allege that it is Kabaka’s land. Many of these have titles issued by ULC and it is an opportunity for them to present them to BLB so that they can be helped to handle the issue of squatters in a peaceful and mutually beneficial manner. Ndawula adds that for security of tenure, Banks and financial institutions shall only accept land titles which are validated by Buganda Land Board.
It should be noted that the Central Government under the Obote I Republican constitution of 1967 confiscated Buganda Kingdom assets of which land was the largest. WEETUUKIRE campaign is therefore intended to ensure that all tenants on Kabaka’s land enjoy peaceful and economically sustainable use of the land they occupy
Authored By Kafumbe Joseph