Election Observers Discredit EC on Voter Education

Charity Ahimbisibwe speaking at the media meeting

Buganda Land Board on Tuesday officially launched its ‘Weetuukire’ campaign aimed at registering all Title-holders on Kabaka’s land in a bid to regularize their tenancy.

The Board Managing Director, order Mr. Kyewalabye Male said,  ‘Weetuukire’ is calling upon all persons currently in possession of land titles on Kabaka’s land, which were formerly issued by Uganda Land Commission and District Land Boards to regularize their tenancy with Buganda Land Board.’

Kabaka’s land refers to all that land vested in the Kabaka of Buganda by virtue of his office and held in custody for the people of Buganda. Kabaka’s land includes the Kings official estate ‘Olusuku lwa Ssabasajja’ measuring 350 square miles covering the counties of Kyadondo, Busiiro, Kyagwe,including such areas as Munyonyo and Makindye and Buziga.

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It also covers all land that was managed and controlled by the Buganda Land Board as a creature of the 1962 constitution of Uganda, which entails urban and peri-urban areas of municipalities and towns in Buganda kingdom

The land also includes the Sazza and Gomboloola estates measuring 8 square miles and 49 acres respectively found in all districts of Buganda covering some parts of Mukono, Wakiso and Kampala and all rural/up country districts.

The Central Government under the Obote-I Republican constitution of 1967 confiscated Buganda Kingdom assets, of which land was the largest.  The 1967 constitution also created the Uganda Land Commission which was given the mandate to manage all public land, of which the confiscated Buganda Kingdom land was among.

This was further escalated by the 1975 Land Decree which declared all land to be public land and vested the same in the State to be held in trust for the people of Uganda and to be administered by the Uganda Land Commission. Further still, in 1998 District Land Boards were created and given further mandate to manage land within their respective districts.

However, in 1993, the Government of Uganda through the Traditional Rulers Restitution of Assets and Properties Act Cap 247 entered various legally binding agreements with Buganda Kingdom culminating into a memorandum of understanding between themselves in 2013 under which various land titles and properties were officially handed back to Kabaka’s government following added Mr Kyewalabye.

Mr Kyewalabye said, “Buganda Land Board is therefore not chasing anyone off Kabaka’s land. We are simply acting within our mandate and calling upon all tenants on Kabaka’s land that received land titles issued by Uganda Land Commission and District Land Boards to come  and regularize their land titles with Buganda Kingdom, this is both free hold and Lease titles.”

He added that it is crucial that all tenants on Kabaka’s land have their Land titles validated because Buganda Land Board is now the controlling authority for all of Kabaka’s land.

“OnceBuganda Land Board has acknowledged and authenticated one’s tenancy, that person will enjoy security of tenure guaranteed by the true owner of the land.”

Financial institutions and Commercial Banks are now accepting only those land titles on Kabaka’s land that have been validated by Buganda Land Board.

Also, all transactions to include the sale, exchange or donation of land with titles on Kabaka’s land are now rendered invalid by law, if not consented to by Buganda Land Board.
With only 9 days to the general elections, viagra 60mg the Citizens Elections Observers Network (CEON) has expressed concern over the insufficient voter education conducted by stakeholders.

CEON Communications Specialist, approved Charity Ahimbisibwe observed that to a larger extent, the Electoral Commission (EC) has been slow in executing vital programs that would ensure free and fair elections in the country.

“Most Ugandans still haven’t got their National IDs as well as Voter location slips, which makes them ineligible to vote,” she said during a press briefing on Voter Apathy and Bribery, which was convened by the Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy (CCEDU) at Serena Hotel in Kampala.

“The EC is letting us down; it has done less in voter education and the electorate is ignorant on the process which might increase voter apathy in the coming elections,” Ahimbisibwe noted.

Meanwhile, CEON dismissed insinuations in the media that heavy police deployment during the election time will discourage people from going to the polls.

“While there’s common perception that heavy police presence creates apathy, on the contrary our findings show that people feel more secure to vote when there’s police presence.”

“We found out that when people see heavy deployment, they are sure that they have security,” she added.

“In all areas where initially there wasn’t heavy deployment during bi-elections like the Ntungamo bi-elections, people did not show up but when there was deployment, they came. We have all the statistics and data to that fact,” she added.


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