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Stakeholders To Meet Over Kasokoso Land Wrangles

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Yesterday, the ministry of Lands spokesperson, Mr. Denis Obbo advised Kasokoso residents to sit with National Housing and resolve issues peacefully other than resorting to violence.


The Kasokoso land dispute has raised concerns among stakeholders hence a need to address the land issue in Uganda collectively.


According to a statement by Ms Agnes Kirabo, the Board Vice Chairperson of Uganda Land Alliance (ULA) delivered at a press conference held at Uganda Media Centre on Thursday, the land awareness week will kick off on 25th and end on 29th November 2013.

“ULA together with the ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development has organised this inaugural land awareness week to bring together stakeholders in the land sector to reflect on progress made and lay strategies for ensuring security of tenure for citizens and other land users,” Kirabo stated.


The event will be held under the theme “Land: My Life, My Future?” driven by the desire among stakeholders at different levels to promote an understanding of the country’s land situation and build an environment of harmonious and peaceful coexistence.


“Stakeholders will gather at Sheraton Hotel Kampala to hold dialogues and display materials related to land acquisition, utilisation and administration,” Kirabo noted.


These events are expected to bring together representatives from the government, civil society, academia, technical leadership, development partners, the private sector, schools and the general public.


Also among them; the Inspector General of Police Maj Gen Kale Kayihura will present on the role of the Land Police Protection Unit in the land sector.


The ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development will showcase the new land information system designed to improve the land registration process and land records management.


“The information system will be accessible at no cost to members of the general public throughout the week,” affirmed Kirabo.


The ministry will also present its strategies for implementing the new National Land Policy which was issued in September 2013.


Wednesday, the third day, will be dedicated to promotion of pastoralism as a way of life in recognition of the indigenous groups in Uganda that owe their existence to rangelands.


The African Union, the East African Community and the Coalition of Pastoralist Civil Society Organisations (COPACSO) will lead discussions on pastoralism in regard to national, regional and continental policies.


Partners from Cameroon, Niger and Sudan will share experiences and lessons on sustainable land management and pastoralism.


The ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and the ministry responsible for lands will present government position papers on pastoralism.


The discovery of oil in different parts of the country will also be addressed in relation to land ownership in such parts.


As a result, many citizens in Bunyoro region and some parts of northern Uganda are living under uncertainty due to their imminent displacement by developments in the oil sector.


“Special focus will be placed on land and Investments and the phenomenon of land grabbing in the country,” Kirabo concluded.


Stakeholders who have contributed financial and material resources to make the event possible include aBi Trust, Action Aid, African Union, Democratic Governance Facility, International Alert and Sheraton Hotel Kampala.

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