CSO’s Step Out to Champion Implementation of National Land Policy

It’s now five days and contestants and supporters are still awaiting results of last week’s NRM repeated primary elections in Mbarara district.

The re-run took place on Thursday 19th but up to now nobody knows the elected flag bearers for Chairman LCV, viagra approved Woman MP or the MP Rwampara constituency.

The delay of results came as a result of two candidates from Rwampara who declared elections null and void, prostate requesting the chairman of the party electoral commission Dr Tanga Odoi to decide on the results by himself.

Odoi’s Secretary Ms. Irene Achan was overcome by the two candidates Vincent Kyamadidi and Charles Ngabirano, cialis 40mg forcing the DPC Jaffar Magyezi to advise her to carry the results to her boss who will declare the results later this week.

The District registrar Mr. Yoramu Kacumita while speaking to Chimpreports today confirmed that the party EC boss would have the final say on the results.

He further revealed that Dr Tanga would make the pronouncements on Thursday November 26th.

Kacumita however, advised the candidates and their supporters to be civilized during the party elections, short of which would hurt their own party.

He cited the people of Rwampara who went as far as threatening electoral officials, the army and police during the primary elections in the constituency.

“If we can fight ourselves in such primary elections, what shall we do in the general elections?” e wondered.
Civil Society Organisations led by the Uganda Land Alliance (ULA) have committed to champion the implementation of the National Land Policy which has remained unknown to the land owners in the country.

The National Land Policy was approved by cabinet in February 2013 to provide a frame work for articulating the role of land in national development, this land ownership, health distribution, utilization, alienability, management and control of land in the country.

ULA Executive Director, Edmond Malilo Owor noted that it took government 10 years to come up with the land policy but since 2013, there has been no clear process of circulating the policy to Ugandans so as to protect human rights on Land use.

“As Civil Society Organisations we are now dialoging with government so as to receive guidance to help us move on the same pace while implementing the policy and circulating it to all Ugandans,” Owor noted while speaking to journalists at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

Owor said that Uganda has a number of land tenure issues of which tenure insecurity is identified as a major impediment to development. Land has been recognized as a driver of economic progress and a factor for achieving food security.

Owor highlighted that over 90 percent of Uganda’s population does not have any form of land documents to protect their land rights and small-holder farmers’ land rights are being squeezed by multiple external factors.

“Though legislation is generally regarded as strong, current implementation of the land governance systems is not sufficiently robust or widespread enough to protect the security of tenure of the urban, rural poor and small-holder farmers.”

Owor further stated that in relation to oil and gas exploration, since the announcement of commercially viable petroleum basis in the Graben in 2006, the region has undergone significant and continuous changes where by many people have ended up losing their land while some have not yet been compensated.

“The challenges are enormous and the capacity of land stakeholders remains limited; it is expected that appropriate interventions will take time and will require political commitment, more resources and capacity development. CSOs must be keen to support government on these issues.”



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