Lands Ministry Forms Committee To Survey All Government Land
In a bid to put to a stop the rampant encroachment of government land, the Ministry of Lands has formed a committee charged with surveying and titling its land.
Baguma Isoke, chairman of the Uganda Land Commission (ULC), said the committee will be chaired by the State Minister for Housing, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi and will include a technical team of surveyors within the ministry to also ascertain the acreage of government-owned land in existence.
While appearing before Parliament’s Physical Infrastructure committee on January 25, 2017, Isoke revealed that the committee’s task is to ensure that all government land is titled by 2020. He stated that the committee will look into the legal loopholes that have seen private individuals take over government land, most of which does not have titles, however he did not give details on how much government land is devoid of titles.
Baguma said that these individuals explore this loophole to encroach on the land that is occupied by government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). He could not however specify the percentage of public land that is not surveyed and titled across the country.
All Chief Administrative Officers are expected to furnish the committee with information on how much land government owns in all the districts.
However, Betty Amongi, Minister of Lands partly blamed Uganda Land Commission for the land mess on government land.
She told the MPs that her ministry has in past years received complaints from ministry agencies and departments, blaming ULC of irregularities in issuing titles to private individuals on land belonging to government.
The minister revealed that strict instructions have been issued to the Commission on the process, including not issuing titles without a letter of no objection from government entities.
Amongi was presenting the Lands ministry budget for 2017/2018 financial year. The sector’s allocations are Ugx 202 billion.