President announces that Govt to Effect universal Land Surveying

Friday, 3rd February 2017
President Yoweri Museveni has announced that the Government is going to carry out universal surveying of all the land in the country to ensure that land is clearly demarcated, well documented and computerized so that both private and public land is safe. He said that the exercise will go a long way in fighting and eliminating land conflicts in Uganda as well as protect and safeguard important environmental features such as forest reserves and wetlands from being encroached on.
The President made the remarks yesterday at Booma Grounds in Lira Municipality, Lango Sub-Region where he was chief guest at the commissioning of the Ministry of Lands Regional Office, the 7th of its kind in Uganda that has been built and equipped by the World Bank in partnership with the Government of Uganda. The Ministry of Lands Lira Regional Office is expected to serve the 8 districts that constitute Lango Sub-Region.
President Museveni described the computerisation of the land system in the country as a good investment in the stabilisation of land matters in Uganda. He advised all citizens who own land to have it surveyed and get land tittles and if resources permit, fence their land to ensure that it is secure both legally and physically. He pledged that the government will subsidise small landholders so that they meet a small fee to have their land surveyed. He emphasized that no land should be left un surveyed.
“You can keep your clan ownership of land, family or individual ownership of land but land must be surveyed and documented. Government reserves must be protected from encroachment. Land is an important resource; leaving it unsecured both legally and physically, is like leaving your food uncovered as it may be interfered with,” he added.
The President, who also used the occasion to thank the people of Lango for supporting and voting the National Resistance Movement in the last elections, said that as the entire country is now peaceful, Ugandans need to embark on meaningful commercial profit oriented agriculture in order to banish household poverty. He advised the Operation Wealth Creation officers to adopt the parish level model and ensure that in every parish in the country there are families that are helped to engage in modern agriculture so that they become role models to others. He said that government will continue increasing the funding for agricultural modernisation in a bid to get rid of household poverty and ensure food security.
Mr. Museveni commended the people of Lango Sub-Region for not encroaching on the wetlands in their area. He asked them not to allow anyone to export their region the negative vice of destroying wetlands. He reminded them that the swamps serve as rain catchment points adding that if they are destroyed the country would be at a risk of experiencing a drop in rainfall which would result in long drought periods.
Turning to the issue of cattle compensation to the people of Lango, the President said that the process had been interfered with by fraud and compensation of ghosts. He, therefore, said that the exercise had to be stringently scrutinized by the government to establish the legitimate claimants. He, however, assured the people of Lango Sub-Region that government is finalising that stage and will soon come up with a position on the matter so that the rightful claimants will be compensated.
President Museveni revealed that he had proposed to have Karuma area be turned into an industrial town taking advantage of the now under construction Karuma power Dam that, he observed, will be the largest electricity power dam in the country upon its completion. He also disclosed that government has secured funds to tarmac the road from Rwenkunyu – Masindi Port –  Apac –  Lira –  Corner Kilak to Acholi Bur. He said that that road project will soon start.
Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Hon. Betty Amongin reported that 14 more land regional offices will be established by her Ministry to ensure total computerisation of land registry in the country. She further said that the country will have a total of 21 land regional offices. She observed that land cases constitute 40% of the total number of cases the judiciary handles every year. She said that her Ministry is training and equipping the Judiciary with the necessary skills and information on land matters in the country in order to help in dispensing justice and reduce land wrangles in the country.
Lira Municipal Member of Parliament, Hon. Jimmy Akena who is also the President of Uganda People’s Congress, Hon. Jimmy Akena, commended President Museveni for uniting and working for the development of Uganda.  He pledged that the Uganda People’s Congress, under his leadership, will continue to work for a united and prosperous Uganda.