GOVERNMENT TO FIGHT LAND FRAGMENTATION IN KIGEZI,MBALE AND BUTALEJA USING LAND TITLES- HON DAVID BAHATI
President Yoweri Museveni and his government have planned to lead Ugandans towards a lower middle income status by 2020. One of the interventions made is transforming the agricultural sector from the subsistence sector to a commercialised sector capable of providing gainful income.
Hon David Bahati, State Minister of Finance in charge Planning and Member of parliament NdorwaWest in Kabale district cautioned residents of Kigezi region against Land fragmentation which he described as an obstruction to commercial agriculture.
“As government we have decided to make sure regions with most fragmented land in Uganda have titles so that it improves their economic status.. A land title is equivalent to money as it can be transacted on in courts, banks, mortgage finance institutions and real estates agents”.
With funding from the Dutch government, UN-Habitat and the Global Land Tools Network (GLTN), the Lands ministry contracted the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, to carry out surveying and demarcating land for willing landowners at no cost
The pilot project started with Kabale, Mbale and Butaleja. According to the State Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, David Bahati , Kabale was considered due to its record of land fragmentation and land disputes that hinder Agricultural development.
Hon David Bahati is optimistic that individuals with land titles can move to any SACCO or Bank access funding that will boost commercial farming. As a government we to see improved food security and curbing land grabbing that fuels conflicts.
He says such public intervention that increases value of land is welcome as it will spur people to a lower middle income status by 2020, progressing to an upper middle income staus by 2032 and attaining the target of USD 9500 per capita in 2040.
Bahati says this will improve farmers access to markets, credit and lower cost inputs , better land policies and advisory services. Land is the major source of employment in areas of Kigezi, Mbale and Butaleja. As government we want to add many people to the money economy which will make Uganda attain middle income status.
The chairperson Kabale district Patrick Keihwa Besigye said the land titles must have the names of husband and wife to ensure right security for being a family property.
He explained that if the parents want to incorporate children all children must be involved and sign not to have one and ignore others. Keihwa Besigye explained that the reason to involve all children is to claim collective ownership that being individual that will create more challenges that would be avoidable in the family.
He warned all those that received and who have land titles to avoid making money agreements with money lenders who usually write alleging that all money such shs 2,000,000= received cash when only shs 500,000= was offered eventually these money lenders taking away land fraudulently.
Innocent Musimenta said “I am very happy about bringing the computerized land services to Kabale district. The system is very good because i have a land title in my life time.. As you see I am disabled and elderly, and could not travel to Kampala and Entebbe to check or verify my land title. All the people I send were just eating my money. Now, I have seen it and can go home a happy man with no worries. Thank you Government”