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Inadequate Information, Exorbitant Survey Charges Affecting Land Ownership By Women

During a multi-stakeholder engagement meeting held in Lira City, participants especially women cited the lack of information among community members and the high cost incurred during land survey as major challenges affecting land titling in their areas.

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Lack of information especially for women and exorbitant charges imposed on land surveys have been cited as the major challenges affecting the registration and titling of lands in Lango subregion.

During a multi-stakeholder engagement meeting held in Lira City, participants especially women cited the lack of information among community members and the high cost incurred during land survey as major challenges affecting land titling in their areas. 

Some of them believe that land titling was a thing for the “wealthy” members of the community and those living in urban areas. Mauis Mary Ayero, a resident of Pader District said most of the land in her district is not titled because the locals do not have information and shy away from seeking the service for fear of being overcharged.

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Similarly, Susan Acio, a resident of Dokolo District who confirmed to has never seen any official sensitizing the locals about the importance of land registration and titling, says people in her village are scared away by inspection fees.

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Patience Atuhaire, the Registrar of Titles at the Regional Lands Offices in Lira admits that the public is not always informed about land matters.

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Atuhaire who cited financial constraints as a major factor limiting their efforts to sensitize the communities referred people to the Ministry of Land’s website which she said has all the information.

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However, Jane Athocon, the Women Representative of Zombo District Farmer Association (ZODFA) blamed the Zonal land offices for the delayed issuance of land titles, saying it is where extortion happens.

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Walter Ocen, the Lira District Environment Officer said that registering land is free of charge although it takes a long, adding that the process can be expedited if one chooses to employ a private consultant, which he says makes it expensive.

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Meanwhile, Ronny Oloa, the Lira District Probation Officer called for a collective effort and adequate funding to address the problem.

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Rebecca Apio, the Executive Director of Land Justice Network which is spearheading the “Stand for Her Land” campaign explains that women are always sidelined when it comes to rights over properties such as land which is a violation on their rights saying it hinders development. According to her, the Land Justice Network is working towards creating awareness about women land’s rights.

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