Residents petition Gulu City Land Board over land sensitization

According to local residents, the community members are not well conversant with land ownership, titling, and surveying.

By Christopher Nyeko

Gulu: Residents of Cubu A and B cells and Tegwana South Ward Laroo-Pece Divisions in Gulu city have requested the office of the division land board to organize a sensitization meeting of the members of the community on land ownership.

According to local residents, the community members are not well conversant with land ownership, titling, and surveying.

The request was tabled with the division authority recently during a community dialogue held in Cubu A and B to sensitize locals about the processes involved in opening a community access road by the division authority.

Omona Walter Kato, the LC1 Chairperson of Cubu A and B Village, says locals are unaware of many laws and policies regarding land acquisition, ownership, and land usage in the city, where numerous activities that require legal guidance are happening.

The village authorities have therefore tasked the division land board with the responsibility of taking them through the nitty-gritty of getting their land surveyed and titled, among other requirements.

Kato revealed that some locals who claimed that their land was surveyed and titled recently got disappointed after it was established that all the acclaimed tiled land was issued fake mark stones, which are not reflected in the Ministry of the Land database.

Otim Geoffrey, the Laroo-Pece Division Mayor, advised the locals to use government surveyors if they want to conduct preliminary land surveys to avoid being dubbed by some private fake surveyors who are money-oriented.

He encourages the community to conduct the preliminary survey and follow all the procedures so that they are issued authentic documents on their land by the responsible authorities like the Uganda Land Board, the Ministry on Land Housing and Urban Development, and the Uganda Land Commission.

However, Martin Oruu, Chairperson, Laroo-Pece Division Land Board, says they have in their work plans schedules to conduct the community sensitization on land survey and titling, but they are constrained financially.

Oruu rallies the development partners, especially media houses, to give them airtime on the radio so that they can constantly sensitize the community on land issues.

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