Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga addressing the press conference
Buganda Kingdom is offering an opportunity to bibanja owners who registered in the recently concluded massive survey project and those without titles to ensure that they secure their tenancy by acquiring lease hold titles at subsidized rates in a six month period starting on 18th April 2017.
This has been revealed in a press conference by the Katikkiro of Buganda in the cabinet room at Bulange Mengo while launching the campaign dubbed “A Land title in your hands”. The Katikkiro said that people have been victims of the numerous land disputes ravaging the different parts of the Kingdom, hence interventions through Buganda Land Board to promote land registration which is paramount in securing tenancy. He distanced the Kingdom from the ongoing evictions some of which have resulted into the public pointing fingers at Buganda Land Board and most recently Enkuluze (royal treasury) adding that the Kingdom cannot be held liable for evictions on land which they leased out to people.
“There are many case files in the courts of law and many police records of incidents related to land disputes” he said. Buganda Land Board actions have always been in line with Government land reforms initiative like the systematic demarcation of Government ranches in Ntugamo, Mbale, Iganga and Kabale which prompted the Kingdom into commissioning of the massive registration and survey project, he added.
The Managing Director, Mr. Kyewalabye-Male said that people who desire to get titles can do so from any of our branch offices. “Assessment of the required charges of a land title can be made and once the tenant makes payments, a land title will be processed”, he said. He added that most of the tenants in Kyaddondo and Busiro Counties who paid 600,000/= for registration and survey have had their bibanja surveyed pending titling. This entire exercise is voluntary and bibanja owners need to understand the benefits so as to make informed decisions.
This campaign is a directive from His Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda to cement the relationship between the landlord and his compliant tenants and this will result in acquiring 49 year lease titles at subsidized rates. The benefits will include securing tenancy of hitherto bibanja owners by issuing them titles thus making their occupancy verifiable in law and thus eliminate the possibility of untimely evictions, provide a fair and reasonably quick and transparent premium assessment mechanism in comparison with other controlling authorities and also provide title holders a chance to participate in land transactions with clarity over ownership and boundaries among others.
All tenants are therefore urged to make use of this opportunity to acquire certificates of title which is conclusive evidence of land ownership.