Bunyoro Moves To Formalize Customary Land Tenure Laws

By George Businge

Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom in partnership with Land and Equality Movement - Uganda (LEMU) have started to mobilize clan heads to promote customary land tenure document endorsed by Omukama Solomon Gafabusa Iguru 11 on 9th June, last Year.

During a Training workshop at Kolping Hotel on 13th July 2018, kingdom Chiefs had had a task of identifying all clans and their respective leaders, basically to facilitate information dissemination about this first written customary land tenure laws in the history of Bunyoro.

Judy Adoko, the Executive Director for LEMU, said they had so far identified 429 clans in Bunyoro. She displayed optimism that the document will help the poor majority to secure their land writes as replaced to acquiring a land title

which is expensive and easily acquirable by literates

Yolam Nsamba, Royal Commissioner for Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom said Values, Principle, Practices, Rights and Responsibilities (VPPRR), a document on Bunyoro customary land laws, is very important because it focuses on human rights respect.

Much as customary land tenure is legal in Uganda, its weight has always been undermined by Lease Hold, Mailo and Freehold land tenures depriving many people of their land rights.

The document called Bunyoro customary land laws, Values, Principle, Practices, Rights and Responsibilities (VPPRR), the laws cater for the rights of vulnerable groups including women both in their marital homes and back to their parents.

It further strengthens the role of clan heads as far as land dispute resolution is concerned as replaced to relatively expensive battles in competent courts.

The customary land laws have been translated from English into different languages spoken in Bunyoro including Lugungu, Kiswhaili and the sweeping Runyoro/Rutooro.

Buliisa County Chief, Hamboki Seremoth said, the document is very relevant to his area where land grabbing cases increased with the discovery of oil victimizing the poor and illiterate majority who cannot afford land titles.


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