National Land Use Policy Difficult to Implement in Buganda

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Experts on Land Matters, have warned that the national land use policy would be difficult to implemet in Buganda because of its complex land tenure system. Esther Obaikol, Coordinator of Uganda Land Alliance, says though a very good attempt at reorganizing land use in Uganda, the government would find it difficult to convince landowners to free land for particular developments like roads, housing estates and office blocks. Last week, government launched the national land use policy that guides how land would be used for urban development, agriculture, environment, wildlife and infrastructure, among other uses. It is a first in Uganda's history and draws from existing land laws and regulations. Uganda has four land tenure systems namely customary ownership, freehold, leasehold and mailo. While the rest of the country mainly have customary and leasehold land tenure systems, Buganda has all four. Obaikol says this complex land tenure system in Buganda, coupled with the already existing disorganization and rapid urbanization that will constrain implementation of the land use policy. //Cue in: It's going to # Cue out: # not practically implementable. Obaikol says if Uganda wants a well-planned capital city she sees the possibility of shifting the center to another location leaving Kampala as a commercial capital. She says to the contrary, the national land use policy could be instrumental in turning round the fortunes of underdeveloped regions like northern Uganda and Karamoja. //Cue in: For areas like # Cue out: # policy for us. Obaikol says government is likely to shelve the policy, considering that Uganda is infamous for having good policies but which are poorly implemented. //Cue in: We're known to # Cue out: # out to implement. Obaikol also suggests that there is a need for government to come out with a clear plan of implementing the policy and stick to it to the letter.


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