Land Owners in Jinja Secure Low Cost Land Registration

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So far 40 freehold titles have been acquired for locals in Jinja district by CARITAS, while 700 plots of land are being surveyed at a cost of 800,000 Shillings.

Customary land owners in Jinja are benefiting from a low cost land registration exercise that enables them acquire freehold land titles thanks to CARITAS Uganda, the body coordinating socio-economic development programs by the Uganda Episcopal Conference.

So far 40 freehold titles have been acquired for locals in Jinja district by CARITAS, while 700 plots of land are being surveyed at a cost of 800,000 Shillings.

Customary land in Uganda is inferior to all other land tenures and cannot promote economic development because of its value, which calls for people to acquire formal land titles and legal rights over their land. However, the process is usually lengthy, bureaucratic and financially constraining.

As a result, several people are sitting on land for which they have no tittles and whose ownership is questioned.

Fr. Patrick Mubiru, the Director of CARITAS Jinja says the CARITAS Uganda examined cases of violence originating from land insecurity in Uganda and sought to make a contribution to the people and facilitate systematic land demarcation.
 
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The project started in 2014 by CARITAS Uganda, falls under a government program launched in 2003, under the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development called systematic land demarcation.

Hakim Birigwa one of the beneficiaries in Bugembe Town Council says a number of people have been helped to secure land titles.
 
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Lands Minister Daudi Migereko says upon receiving a proposal from CARITAS as a private partner, he expedited the process of approval in order for the people in Jinja to benefit from acquiring cheaper freehold land titles from government.