Buganda Land Board has reached an agreement with UN-Habitat, the international organization that is in charge of improving livelihoods in slum areas, to work together to lift the livelihoods of people living in slums found on Buganda Kingdom land. This was reached at in a meeting which took place at Buganda Land Board’s head office at Masengere building in Bulange-Mengo between Buganda Land Board, led by Mr. Bashir Kizito (Head Operations and Business Development) and the team from UN-HABITAT which was led by Mr. Simon Peter Mwesigye.
Mr. Mwesigye of UN-HABITAT addressing the meeting on the works of UN-HABITAT.
This meeting came on the heels of a well-received conference presentation done by BLB’s Mrs. Cissy Kiyaga at the World Bank's #standforherland (stand for her land) campaign 2019 conference which aimed at empowering all women to have secure tenancy on land wherever they are and whenever they want, where she noted that over the years, women have faced cultural, financial and societal challenges to secure land rights and applauded the organizers of the conference for giving more attention and space to the women cause which facilitated the discussion on women land rights.
Mrs.Cissy Kiyaga who represented BLB at the World Bank conference was also part of the meeting.
Mr. Mwesigye said that UN-HABITAT is passionate about fighting for human rights especially women’s rights, saying they are focusing on seeing that women have land rights in order to be able to lift themselves out of poverty. On that, they add fighting to see that people live in a clean environment and have access to clean water. They also train workers on the challenges prevailing on land in comparison to other countries. He said that this arrangement has already been welcomed and entrenched in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Congo and that it holistically trains staff of corporations and government about women’s land rights and how to create and keep a safe environment especially in slums.
BLB and UN HABITAT exchanging ideas in the boardroom meeting.
Mr. Kizito who represented Buganda Land Board welcomed the intentions of UN-HABITAT and pledged BLB’s support especially in training workers about women’s land rights and cleanliness