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Mbarara Sub Counties Risk Losing Land Over Lack of Titles :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Mbarara Sub Counties Risk Losing Land Over Lack of Titles

The report reveals that a majority of the lands in these sub-counties lack proper land titles, raising concerns about potential encroachments. During the inquiry, the committee Chairperson Herbert Mutungi Kamugisha pointed out that encroachers have acquired land titles, resulting in land loss for the government.
All the six sub-counties in Mbarara district are under the looming threat of land loss owing to the absence of land titles. This came to the fore in the Internal Auditor’s Report for the first quarter of the 2023/24 fiscal year, presented to the District Public Accounts Committee.   

The report reveals that a majority of the lands in these sub-counties lack proper land titles, raising concerns about potential encroachments. During the inquiry, the committee Chairperson Herbert Mutungi Kamugisha pointed out that encroachers have acquired land titles, resulting in land loss for the government.

Asaph Bainomugisha, the Kashare Sub-County Chief, emphasized during his appearance before the committee that only 2 out of the 6 sub-counties have secured their land titles. He explained that efforts are underway to obtain the remaining titles, although a shortage of funds poses a significant challenge. 

The financial requirements include payments to the district land survey (estimated at Shillings 1.9 million), a 200,000-Shilling fee for the Area Land Committee inspection, and a daily payment of 50,000 shillings to the District Physical Planner for the land plan provision. 

This predicament extends beyond Kashare Sub-County; several others, including Rubindi, Rubaya, Bubaare, Rubindi-Ruhumba, Rwanyamahembe, Kagongi, Bukiro, and Bwizibwera Rutooma Town Council, confront similar issues.

For instance, Rubindi has 3 pieces of land without titles, while Rubaya reports 7 pieces of land with only 5 possessing titles. In Bubaare, 16 out of 24 pieces of land lack titles, exacerbating the vulnerability to land encroachment.

David Muhwezi, the Mbarara District Chief Administrative Officer attributed the delay in securing land titles to the scarcity of funds. The process heavily relies on local revenue or the Discretionary Development Economic Grant (DDEG), leading to a setback in obtaining crucial land titles for government-owned lands. 

Muhwezi revealed that a directive had been issued for each sub-county to process one land title per quarter within a fiscal year. However, financial constraints have impeded the fulfillment of this directive, exacerbating the vulnerability of these lands to encroachment.

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