The lands registry in the Ministry of Lands is temporarily closing business to the public till January 2013 to enable them complete computerization of land titles.
Gabindadde Musoke, the permanent secretary in the ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, says in a press statement that during the period of closure, which starts on December 15, there shall be no land transactions received and or registered. Musoke adds that the closure is intended to improve and better the services the Ministry provides to the public in the general area of land management, without giving further details.
But a source within the ministry told Uganda Radio Network that during the computerization process, a number plots were found to possess two or three land titles, yet the computerization process could only allow a single entry of the title.
According to the source, the period when the land registry shall be closed to the public shall be used by the commissioners to scrutinise the titles in question and identify the fake from the genuine ones to be entered into the system.
According to the statement the ministry headquarters, Kampala and Wakiso Zonal offices will re-open to the public on January 15 2013, while other land registries and the department of Surveys & Mapping shall reopen from 22 to 29 January.
Musoke notes that with effect from February 2013, all land transactions in respect of mailo, freehold and leasehold will be registered at the respective ministry zonal offices countrywide.
In 2011, the government through the World Bank contacted the Institut Geographique National France International (IGNFI) a French company, to manage the DeSILSoR Project that is working on design, supply, installation and implementation of the land records system.
The project started by training the staff at the Ministry, buying of equipment, scanning the documents and putting in place online connection systems among the lands offices countrywide.
The DeSILSoR Project work plan seen by URN aimed at contributing to the establishment of an efficient land administration system in Uganda to facilitate and improve the delivery of basic land services to the population and improve land tenure security.