Bunyoro Leaders Decry High Land Registration Costs

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In short
Bunyoro leaders want the Ministry of Lands to simplify land registration, so that people in the oil-rich region can register their land and avoid losing it without compensation.

Leaders in Bunyoro have petitioned the Ministry of Lands over the high cost of land registration in Uganda.

The leaders say on top of the high costs involved, there is a lot of bureaucracy which they say puts away many from land registration.
Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom minister for lands, Xavier Kiiza says most land in Bunyoro has no land titles and efforts to have it registered are hampered by the bureaucracy and the high costs involved.

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The same view is held by Resty Byaruhanga, the district councilor for Kiziranfumbi sub-county. She says because of the process being costly, many land owners are hesitant to register it.

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George Busiinge, a resident of Kasasa village in Busiisi Division, Hoima Municipality says it cost him about 1.5 million shillings to register his two-acre piece of land recently.

Dickens Kamugisha, the Chief Executive Officer Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO) says unregistered land especially in the oil rich areas is so insecure, as owners can be displaced by oil activities without due compensation. Kamugisha says this can bread discontent as the case is in the oil rich Niger Delta in Nigeria.

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AFIEGO is currently pushing for customary land registration in Hoima and Buliisa districts to enable land owners get customary land certificates.

Naome Kabanda, the Assistant Commissioner Land Administration in the Ministry of Lands admits the process is not easy to beat. She however reveals that a number of measures such as systematic land demarcation and decentralized of land services are being undertaken to address the challenge. 

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