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Government Will Not Shelve Land Amendments – Minister Baryomunsi

Government Will Not Shelve Land Amendments – Minister Baryomunsi

The Government is not going to drop plans to amend the country’s land laws despite pressure from ‘some sections’ of the public. The Information, and National Guidance Minister, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi said this.

With that, he further said that the government will ‘encourage the debate’ on the issue until a middle ground is found.

‘’We have seen a lot of evictions of late. Those are due to the land tenure system,’’ he said.

More still, he blamed the problem on the colonial system, which he said, ‘rewarded’ some chiefs with chunks of land.

These ‘rewards’ came at the expense of the rest of the population as a ‘way of consolidating its rule’ in Uganda before independence.

Dr. Chris said this became the root cause of the problems that are being faced today. He even said despite Government’s intervention, there are still some unsolved issues on land.

He said most of the land problems are in central Uganda because the tenure system is such that most land in the region has dual ownership.

‘’I know many of the problems because I was in the Lands ministry (as state minister).

When the government is paying compensation for land, for example, to build a road, you have to pay the landlord 40% and the kibanja holder (tenant) 60% of the money. You cannot say there’s no problem,’’ he said.

He further said there can never be coexistence between the two landowners (landlord and kibanja holder). He said this has resulted in bloody evictions and killings in the region.

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