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The ministry transferred all land titles from the office to the Surveys and Mapping Department in Entebbe for conversion into digital copies with the aim of minimizing land-related conflicts, forgery of land titles and the red-tape in searching for land information.
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The Mityana Ministerial Zonal Offices-MZO has resumed operations after spending more than eight months under lock and key. 

The Lands, Housing and Urban Development Ministry closed the offices to digitalize the records as part of its plans to computerize the Land Information System. 

The ministry transferred all land titles from the office to the Surveys and Mapping Department in Entebbe for conversion into digital copies with the aim of minimizing land-related conflicts, forgery of land titles and the red-tape in searching for land information.    

However, the process took longer affecting land transactions in Wamala Sub Region, which covers Mityana, Mubende, Kassanda, Kyankwazi and Kiboga districts. The area is known for violent land conflicts and mass evictions.  

The Lands Ministry Spokesperson, Dennis Obbo, says they thought the process will take a shorter period but they were hindered by several challenges as many documents and titles from the area had a number of queries.

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The delay triggered panic among some residents, saying they had heard rumours that some land dealers were using the back door to access their documents from Entebbe and make a transaction.

Obbo dismisses the allegations, saying that the few people who were called to the ministry were needed to harmonize details on their documents.   

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Helen Ssali, a private advocate, says the delay had hampered a number of land translations including conducting the physical or personal searches on registered pieces of land among others.   

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She notes that the delay had also rendered some people jobless, more so those who were earning from the land from land-related businesses such as land brokers. The closure of the offices also took a toll on Mityana District Local Government, which could no longer get taxes from land transactions. 

Joseph Luzige, the Mityana LC V Chairperson, says Mityana district collects almost Shillings 70 million from land transactions each month but the money was no longer coming.  

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The digitalization of Land Registries is part of the  84 billion Shillings Land Information System-LIS project funded by the World Bank with the hope of easing titling of property, registration of land or generally improving land administration.

The ministry has also operationalized other Ministerial Zonal Land Offices-MZO in Greater Luweero and Katonga sub-regions.

Greater Luweero MZO will be servicing people in the districts of Luweero, Nakaseke, and Nakasongola, while the one placed in Katonga will serve Mpigi, Butambala and Gomba districts.

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