By Leilah Bbaale
The Minister of State for Urban Development Mario Obiga Kania wants all the district land boards in the Bunyoro sub-region probed for alleged corruption.
The minister who is currently in Bunyoro on a working visit says that he has established that several officials in the various land boards are fueling land grabbing, through the issuance of land titles to the rich at the expense of the poor.
According to Obiga Kania, the land board officials are also frustrating efforts by the poor to acquire titles for their land by demanding a lot of money to have their land documents processed. He said that several cases have been recorded in Hoima, Buliisa, Kiryandongo, Masindi and Kagadi, among others.
In Buliisa for example, Resident District Commissioner Longino Bahebwa says that less than 20 people have genuine land titles and that all the others are struggling to acquire titles for their land.
Ali Tinkamanyire, the LC III Chairperson Buseruka sub-county in Hoima district says there is a need for government to immediately come on board to help the local people in the region to acquire titles at no cost given the invasion of speculators as a result of the oil discovery.
Similarly, Fred Lukumu, the LCV Chairperson of Buliisa asked the government to offer free land titles to the people of Bunyoro to prevent speculators from grabbing their land.
It’s on the basis of this that the Minister wants the district councils to write to the lands ministry to have the services of the land boards revoked if they cannot offer sufficient service delivery to the citizens. He adds that he would institute a committee to investigate the rampant fraud and fraudulent issuance of fake titles by the land boards that have seen thousands of people brutally and forcefully evicted from their ancestral land.