Rwenzori Zonal Land Office Starts Operations

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Peter Alinda, the Kabarole district lands officer says that the offices will coordinate land transactions, store land titles, provide technical support, guidance and support supervision to the district land boards in the region.

The Rwenzori zonal land office in Fort Portal has started operations,three years after it was built.

The offices located at Kitumba opposite the Kabarole district headquarters, were constructed in 2012 by the government with support from the World Bank. It will serve districts of Kabarole, Kyegegwa, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo, Kamwenge, Kyejonjo and Kasese. 

Construction of the eleven-room facility cost 1.5 Billion Shillings. Since completion in 2014, however, the office remained nonfunctional following a delay by the Ministry of Lands to equip it with computers and furniture.

This week, the office started operations with more than 10 staff occupying the now furnished rooms. Documents such as copies of land titles are shelved according to the districts.

Peter Alinda, the Kabarole District Lands Officer says that the office will coordinate land transactions, store land titles, provide technical support, guidance and support supervision to the district land boards in the region.

He also says that people will also have an opportunity to register caveats, mortgages, transfer and letters of administration, replacement of damaged titles and title search at the facility.

In the past, land titles from other districts were being stored at the district lands offices in Fort Portal at Boma. The offices lacked proper storage facilities, casting doubt on the safety of land titles and other documents.

Ronald Isagara, a records officer says that it will now be easy for the staff at the offices to retrieve information regarding someone's land since it will be stored in the computer. He says that in the past it was difficult to trace for documents due to poor storage.

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Charles Balinda, a resident of Fort Portal welcomes the establishment of the office. He says that he will no longer travel long distance to Entebbe to register his land and get a title.

Other regional land offices are located in Kampala, Mukono, Jinja, Wakiso, Lira, Masaka and Mbarara.

In 2013, the government completed the project of computerising Uganda's land registry which will greatly minimise land-related conflicts in the country, forgeries of land titles and the red tape in searching for land information.

The project of computerising the land registry was a grant from the World Bank.


About the author

Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

Kajubu is keen on impacting his society not just as a writer but also a trainer and mentor. Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts fall under his docket. Kajubu has been a URN staff member since 2008.