Hon. Betty Amongi chairing an advocacy meeting with Buganda Land Board Officials.
The Ministry of Lands,Housing and Urban Development together with Buganda Land Board have embarked on a joint effort to ensure security of tenure for the people on Kabaka’s Land.This was arrived at during an advocacy meeting held on 8th/7/2016 at the Ministry of Lands Headquarters in Kampala.
The two entities agreed to formulate joint strategies aimed at sensitizing Kibanja occupants/tenants and landlords of each other’s rights and responsibilities so as to curb down on the rampant evictions across the country. ’’We could develop joint messages to sensitize the landords and the tenants or bonafide occupants on their respective land rights so that each party can meet their obligations to avoid illegal evictions. ’’said Hon.Betty Amongi,the Lands Minister.
Buganda Land Board team led by the Ag. Managing Director, Mr. Kizito Bashir ,promised to work with Government to get rid of unlawful evictions citing the Board’s policies that are against such illegal evictions .He outlined a number of programs and products that all promote security of tenure for its Land occupants or tenants.These include ,the bibanja tenant registration exercises,Wetuukire and LAFI among others.
’’We are ready to compliment the Ministry of Lands in securing tenancies for tenants on Kabaka’s land’’ Mr. Kizito said. He noted that the major cause of evictions is the lack of proper documentation for all lawful and bonafide occupants.
He pointed out that it was for that reason that the board had embarked on a massive bibanja occupants registration,citing over 120,000 and 25,000 tenants who the Board had recently registered and surveyed respectively.
The Minister of state for lands,Hon. Persis Namuganza welcomed the innitiative of having both the Government and Buganda Land Board involved in collective mass sensitization on land matters.This, she said would promote consistency in communication and information dissemination especially in attracting the kibanja occupants towards payment of groundrent.
The Board was also commended for the work weldone sofar especially in extending the registration and surveying exercise to the people as well as the decision to allow its masses to pay Busuulu. The Ministry officials also requested BLB to consider provision of Land use planning services so as to curb down on unplanned settlements and developments.