Gov’t, UNCDF Unveils First-ever Customary Land Ownership Certificate in Maracha

Gov’t, UNCDF Unveils First-ever Customary Land Ownership Certificate in Maracha

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) has launched the first-ever certificate of customary land ownership registry in Maracha district.

The initiative which was funded by the European Union (EU) under the Development Initiative for Northern Uganda (DINU) seeks to avert land-related conflicts in the district, ensure land security, and create value for land as an asset.

The land registry offices and issuance of certificates were launched on Thursday by the State Minister for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Mario Kania Obiga, and a delegation of the EU and UNCDF.

It was held at Kijimoro and Oluvu Sub counties headquarters. Eunice Nabukuya, the Principal Land Officer in the Ministry of Land says that this is the first model certificate of customary land ownership registry in the country.

She explained that the certificate has four major parts among them the land location, important features, size, details of owners, sketch map, and unique features attached to a particular certificate making it a legally recognized certificate by law.

Johnson Moroga, the Kijimoro Sub County LCIII Chairperson the new development will reduce land and boundary conflicts which were being regularly registered in the area.

According to Moroga, at least 400 applicants have applied for the certificate, however, he appealed that the same support be extended to institutions such as schools and churches.

Dmitry Pozhidaev the Head of Office UNCDF in Uganda and Regional Technical Advisor says that they want to ensure peace and security of the people, adding that it will also add value to land owners and foster agriculture.

Caroline Adriaensen, the Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Uganda said that this is a great achievement realized under which they are funding since they pose good opportunities.

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