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Join the Debate: “Regularisation” of Land Ownership under Customary Tenure

Do you have the legitimacy to push for so-called "regularisation" of land that is held under customary tenure through registering it through certificates of customary tenure?

In accordance with the laws of Uganda, if you are not a traditional cultural institution or you are not representing a traditional cultural institution you have no legitimacy whatsoever to be discussing land that is held under customary tenure, let alone be enforcing so-called  “regularization” initiatives such as certificates of customary tenure, without the express permission from the owners of the land that is held under customary tenure, the traditional cultural institutions; which traditional cultural institutions, by the way, own the land under customary only in trust on behalf of their respective first nations.

Meaning that, a committee on customary tenure necessarily needs to begin with traditional cultural institutions and others may be included, if need be and only for purposes of consultation.

A committee on customary land in Uganda should not begin with others and then later on traditional cultural institutions, the owners of the land are included.

It is simply Machiavellian to do the latter, some would argue.

Read more on the discourse on how ‘stakeholders’ in Uganda’s land are being included or excluded and join the debate.