UGANDA, Kampala | Real Muloodi News | The government has finalised plans to launch automation services, including the issuance of land titles online, through the Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development (MHLUD).
Last Thursday, Lands Minister Judith Nabakooba told the media in Kampala that the system will reduce face-to-face engagements while improving service delivery.
“The services of automation will include online submission of transactions, searching the status of transactions submitted, parcels, titles and encumbrances like caveats, mortgages and court orders,” she said.
Ms Nabakooba stated that land demarcation to define property boundaries and plot locations would be established in a systematic way to issue freehold titles.
“Through this arrangement, the ministry puts emphasis on the principle of equality, fairness working on a first come, first serve basis for everyone regardless of their political or social status,” she said.
The minister stated that the service is being provided as the ministry is enrolling in the competitiveness enterprise development programme (CEDP AF), in which customary landowners who account for 80% of unregistered land will have their land registered and entered into the land information system.
“The registration will roll out starting at sub-county level in rural areas and division in urban areas. All land administration institutions including MZOs, sub-county customary and registries Lands Information System, private sector and investors shall all benefit from the capacity building programmes,” she said.
According to Ms Nabakooba, the Ministry is constantly sensitising people in northern Uganda on customary land registration. So far, 1,712 households have applied for their land to be registered at the sub-counties.
She added that their land has been demarcated, and the process of obtaining a Certificate of Customary Ownership is well underway. The areas where this is taking place include Paimol and Wol sub-counties in Agago district, Kijomoro and Oluvu sub-counties in Maracha district, and Ibuje and Chegere sub-counties in Apac district.
According to Ms Nabakooba, the government has completed approximately 19,702 land certificates for families and communities in various locations.
She stated that the 0800100004 Call Center would back the automated service created last year.
According to Ms Nabakooba, the existing legislation allows for dual ownership of land by the registered proprietor and legitimate bibanja owners.
“This grey area has been the source of insecurity in many parts of the country leading to loss of lives property and unending misery. The proposed amendment to the Land Act will create more peaceful and harmonious communities with the right conditions for every citizen,” she said.
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