Politicians Advised to Avoid Politizing Land Wrangles

Political candidates on different levels have been advised to avoid politicizing land disputes during the course of their campaigns.

This was during the opening of the Land Awareness week at UMA Conference Hall in Lugogo, advice case Kampala organized by the Uganda Land Alliance in conjunction with the Ministry of Lands, site Housing and Urban Development (MLHUD).

The call was made by the Ag. Commissioner for Land use Regulation and Compliance (MLHUD), Robert Opio revealing that using land disputes to pull crowds might instead fuel wrangles and mob justice in the country.

“Using land disputes to pull crowds on political rallies wouldn’t be bad as long as they are mobilized to reduce disputes; we want to see leaders and politicians instead helping to reduce conflicts other than enriching their personal interests,” the commissioner toted.

“We rather encourage an approach that will unite communities enhancing proper land usage in the entire country.”

Meanwhile, Uganda Land Alliance (ULA) Executive Director, Edmond Malilo Owor, called upon Ugandans to join the Land awareness week as a measure to reduce ignorance of the operationalization of the National Land Policy of 2013.

The Land Awareness Week is organized under the theme: “Support Land reforms for a prosperous Uganda” running from December 7 to 11 at UMA Conference Hall in Lugogo.

Owor said that the awareness week will involve a number of activities including open dialogue, self-reflection, peer review and consensus-building on the ways to address various land-related concerns so as to secure Uganda’s vision of transforming society through optimal use and management of land resources.

“There will be focus on the existing legal, policy and regulatory frameworks to determine needed reforms especially with regard to the processes for the development and implementation of land, housing and urban development policies,” Owor added.

He observed that further emphasis will be on the tenure governance systems in place particularly considering improvement of the land market and protection of the week where investors access land for investment.





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