Land Registration Suffers Setback as Landlords Abandon Process

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Sephatia Mboneraho, the outgoing Hoima District Land Board Chairman says several people have abandoned the land registration process after filling the forms, the first step in the land registration procedure. Each registration form costs Shs20, 000. The entire process however requires not less than shs 2million.

The Hoima district land office is overwhelmed with piles of unclaimed land registration forms, abandoned by landowners after initiating the registration process.

Sephatia Mboneraho, the outgoing Hoima District Land Board Chairman says several people have abandoned the land registration process after filling the forms, the first step in the land registration procedure. Each registration form costs Shs20, 000. The entire process however requires not less than shs 2million.

Although he doesn't disclose the number of unclaimed registration forms, Mboneraho blames the trend for the growing land conflicts in the district. He says land has remained available to grabbers because it's not registered. He adds that the trend is an indication that people are still ignorant of land ownership rights and often see no reason for securing their land unless there is a conflict.

Some local leaders however say that the bureaucracy involved couples with the expenses involved frustrates land owners from the process. David Atuhura, the Buhimba Sub county chairman demands that a more affordable way of registering land should be thought of.

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Hoima Deputy Resident District Commissioner Ambrose Mwesigye blames local leaders, saying they have not sensitized the masses on land ownership rights. Mwesigye claims that some local leaders have meddled in these land conflicts by siding with some of the feuding parties.

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Records at Hoima RDC's office indicate that ten cases of people wrangling over land are received on a weekly basis. Police meanwhile blames land wrangles for increased crime. Hoima District Police Commander Bernard Akankwasa says ten of the cases registered daily at police, are land related.