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    STATEMENT: Don’t Sell Your Land But Use It Productively: Lands Okalany Guides At The Commissioning Of The Model Pilot Subcounty Customary land Registries In Kijomoro And Oluvu In Maracha District…

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    Ministry of Lands PS Dorcus Okalany

    The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Land and Urban Development Mrs. Dorcus Okalany, in her statement delivered by her representative Mr. Dennis Obbo has advised the people of Kijomoro and Oluvu In Maracha District not to sell their land but use it productively.

    Below is her statement verbatim:

    The Lands Ministry is was grateful for the initial support provided to implement the pilot land component of the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) Land Component With support from UNCDF and the European Union (EU) under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).

    Capacities of local government to deliver land services to communities were strengthened; and there has been improved land governance and registration of Certificates of Customary Ownership.

    The Direct beneficiaries of this intervention have included the District Land Management institutions – Area Land Committes (ALCs), the Subcounties the Lower Physical Planning Committees, the District Land Office, the District Land Board, and the office of the Recorders in rural subcounty areas and divisions in urban areas.

    This pilot intervention contributed to Uganda’s infrastructure development through the construction of 6 sub county land offices at a cost of UGX 75 million each to enable the documentation and storage of customary land records and take land services closer to the land owners.

    The Bamugemereire land commission report into the land sector raised a serious issue that that there was office space for ALCs and the Recorders to enable the registration of customary land. This intervention has come to provide practical solutions to the challenges affecting registration of customary land transactions by Government, as provided in the Land Act.

    I therefore congratulate the newly registered customary land owners for acquiring legal documents at a low cost of UGX 10,000. Of course this was highly subsidized by Government . We expect a return on this investment within one year as the registration of the next land transactions on the CCOs is now being demanded.

    Mr. Dennis Obbo who delivered the PS’ message

    The CCO you receive today is not of lesser value than the freehold titles. The only difference is that the CCO is governed governed according to the traditional or cultural norms and practices, while the freeholds are governed by the Registration of Titles Act.

    The CCO like the Freehold has 4 parts: discretion and location of your land; the names of the owners; The conditions, restrictions and limitations; and incumbrances where third party right are recorded.

    Your customary titles now have coordinates of the boundaries of your land. So in case of disputes, they can be used to determine and resolve the land conflicts.

    In the near future, the Ministry plans to introduce new administrative measures where mapping of customary land is done using the same techniques of surveying freeholds, so that if the customary land owners want to convert their CCOs to Freeholds, they do not have to re-incur the costs of surveying.

    I thank our Partners for accepting the proposal to design and build the model subcounty Registries instead of renovating 2 rooms to store the subcounty customary records. ALC records have either been kept at their homes or in unguarded spaces and prone to being lost.

    This investment has costed UGX 75 million. Already out of the 1,400 CCOs, revenue generated and collected was UGX 14 million. If we intensify the registration of land transactions, the sub counties shall have a steady and strong source of income.

    The registration process is continuous. We have prepared simple materials for Recorders to be taking through customary land owners to guide on how to lease or rent your land without sealing it; how to register the loans on your CCO; how to search the CCO Register; how to register rent agreements; how to replace a lost or stolen CCO and other transactions. It is done at a fee and stamp duty is supposed to be paid. That’s why we have a room for assessment and payments inside the new office.

    This office shall not be used for any other purpose but for customary land registration. It should be strongly guarded by you the owners because without it, you are nothing.

    The Benefits
    a. You now have legal documentation which customary land owners have been demanding from Government for over a long period of time.
    b. Your land was registered using a cheaper to process.
    c. The ALCs, District Land Board, District Land Office and Office of the Recorder were trained on their roles and responsibilities and given guidance on what to do and the procedure. Each can ably handle the registration of customary land at the subcounty in rural areas and at the Division or municipal levels in urban areas.
    d. The customary setting at the subcounty level doesn’t require the illiterate, marginalized and vulnerable groups to hire advocates or lawyers to register or defend their claims of interest.
    e. The customary tenure registration is the most all inclusive, compared to other 3 tenure systems. It has also provide for mechanisms under the law to ensure inclusive land registration.
    f. Customary land with a CCO is now viewed as an enabler for PDM related development and has increased land productivity, since time for disputes is over.
    g. The variation of land forms to suit the circumstances surrounding the use of sketches drawn to include the geo-referencing of the computer generated sketches with coordinates and the orthophoto has greatly enhanced the accuracy of the Sketch. This variation has permitted geo-referenced data to be migrated into the Land Information System (LIS) with no overlaps, in order to guarantee the registered rights of individuals, families, clans and communities.

    For those that have received the customary certificates, never laminate them and never write in them. keep it as it is. If you ever want to do anything with it come to the Office of the Recorder. The law permits only the Recorder to write in it.

    Do not give your Certificate away because you will have given away your land.

    For you go and thank God the Almighty for this achievement because now God and Government now know you as the registered landowner.

    That document protects you from eviction and destruction of any investments you may have done on the land.

    Don’t sale your land but use it productively.

    I thank you.

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    MASTERS OF CHAOS! Minister Mao Warns Bobi Wine To Prepare For The Worst From Mpuuga, DP Block Politicians…

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    NUP boss Bobi Wine. Inset L is DP's Norbert Mao and R inset is Matthias Mpuuga

    Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister who also doubles as the Democratic Party President General Norbert Mao has warned National Unity Platform (NUP) President Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu (Bobi Wine) to prepare for the worst from Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba and members of the DP Block.

    Exclusively speaking to theGrapevine, Mao explain that when he saw Mpuuga and his friends who were formally members of Suubi, a political pressure group and DP party crossing to NUP, he envisioned what is happening right now.

    He added that the said people were a problem to DP and when they joined NUP, the DP problem crossed to Bobi Wine.

    Bobi Wine is under attack from members of his party who crossed from DP to NUP. They have even threatened to reveal their next political action next month at Mpuuga’s thanks giving ceremony where Charles Peter Mayiga the Buganda Kingdom premier is expected as the Chief Guest.

    Highly placed sources revealed that Mpuuga and his group are planning to reveal a new political pressure group which will tour the entire country getting views from their supporters concerning their next course of action after disagreeing with Bobi Wine’s leadership.

    George Musisi, one of lawyers for NUP accused Mpuuga’s blue eyed boy Samuel Lubega Mukaku of supporting the NUP faction led by Moses Kibalama.

    Sources allege that Mpuuga’s faction are confident that Court is going to declare Bobi Wine’s leadership at NUP illegal and the party will return into the hands of Kibalama a move they think will give them the opportunity to use NUP as a vehicle in the 2026 general elections.

    Other sources claim that Mpuuga and group are planning to use Buganda Kingdom leadership structures from the village level to mobilize support in Buganda come 2026.

    Mpuuga is confident that it was Buganda structures that helped Bobi Wine to defeat President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and his NRM party in Buganda and without them, Bobi will lose.

    However, Nakaseke South legislator Paulson Lutamaguzi Ssemakula rubbished Mpuuga’s political calculations explaining that Bobi Wine will remain strong whether Buganda’s Mayiga supports him or not.

    He asserts that Bwanika and Mpuuga are working for President Museveni and he has always deployed them whenever election period approaches and help him to divide and disorganize the opposition.

    Ssemakula said that in 2021, when Bobi Wine was planning to work with Dr. Kizza Besigye, Bwanika abused Dr. Besigye and accussed him of working for Museveni to distract Baganda.

    He added that in 2006, Bwanika swore an affidavit in support of Museveni against Dr. Besigye before the Supreme Court and his evidence saved Museveni and stamped his win.

    However, Bwanika also accuses Bobi Wine of working for Museveni to stop the opposition from taking state power.

    The Bobi Wine/Mpuuga misunderstanding deepened when Bobi Wine ordered him to apologise to the nation and return the Shs500m bribe he admittedly received from the parliamentary Commission as a reward for being a good Leader of Opposition in parliament. Mpuuga was also told to resign from the office of the Commissioner of parliament which he declined to do.

    Bobi Wine also suspended Mpuuga from the office the national vice president in charge of Buganda region on top of sending him to the party disciplinary committee.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Panic Among Ministers, M7 Set To Hold Cabinet Sittings At His Kisozi Farm With Tough Conditions…

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    Ministers have started panicking upon learning that very soon, their boss President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is set to hold cabinet meetings from his Kisozi country home.

    Highly placed State House sources revealed that Museveni wants to test the knowledge of his ministers when it comes to issues of fighting poverty among Ugandans through government programs.

    “The president is tired of hearing his ministers telling people to participate in government programs like Parish Development Modal, Emyooga, the four acre farming modal and others. He now wants to know and challenge them on which other initiatives they have put in place to fight poverty among the communities surrounding them,” a source said.

    The source added that ministers are going to be given enough time to make submissions concerning their own initiatives with evidence showing how the public has benefited from them.

    He added that the president is also going to invite experts on development and those producing farming products with value addition to lecture ministers on how their communities can benefit from them.

    Museveni recently boasted of how he fought poverty among his neighbours in Kisozi.

    The President disclosed that as a way of appreciating his efforts, his neighbors have started giving him money and other products to thank him for the advice he gave them and they are no longer begging him by blocking him to ask for money when he is driving to his farm.

    “In the 2026 presidential campaign, the President doesn’t want Museveni Abeewo, he wants his campaign team to stick to developmental issues which help Ugandans to fight poverty,” a source said.

    The cabinet meetings at Kisozi are also expected to be attended by NRM officials from the party Secretariat, those from the Offices of the National Chairperson in Kyambogo and other top government officials.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Why Kasyate Is Resigning From KCCA Juicy PRO Job…

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    Simon Kasyate

    The Mighty Grapevine has exclusively learnt that flamboyant veteran journalist Simon Kasyate has tendered in his resignation.

    Sources claim that Kasyate, who is as the Head Public & Corporate Affairs at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) tendered in his resignation letter after learning that the Public Service Commission had started the process of recruiting his replacement.

    The Public Service Commission started the process of looking for Kasyate’s replacement in 2023, through public advertising in the local dailies.

    Through his State House contacts, it is alleged Kasyate managed to secure the KCCA PRO job without following the required process of recruiting government workers.

    theGrapevine made several phone calls to Kasyate for a comment but they went unanswered.

    Before joining KCCA, Kasyate was the spokesperson for the European Union (EU), ESKOM, MasterCard Foundation among other top institutions.

     

    By Hadijjah Namagembe  

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