- Land owners want to get rich faster by selling their land
- Several people have been killed and left with permanent scars
- Few people follow the law in acquisition of land
- Some of the land cases cuts across the district boundaries
By Joseph Odama
West Nile- A Lawyer with Alaka and Company Advocates, Samuel Ondoma, has said land owners should ensure they acquire titles in order to avert further cases of wrangles.
In some of the land wrangles, some people have been killed, while others left with permanent scars due to the injuries sustained. Many of the land wrangles are among relatives that crops up due to inheritance.
Ondoma said the titles will help people in getting better compensation from the government when it wants such a land for public interest like construction of roads, hospitals, and air ports, among others.
Ondoma said that customary land ownership which is common in west Nile region is a very risky land tenure which has been faced with challenges from unrealistic elders who are easily compromised in handling cases.
Currently in west Nile region, many people are selling land to people without following what the law requires them to do especially selling land to foreigners without specifying land agreement that would be determined by the Land tenure system.
“When this foreigner wants to process certificate of tittle and his or her application goes to the land board, the land board will not approve this application because National IDs are needed. The moment the land board realizes that this is a foreigner, they will not process the application unless the foreigner picks lease hold application form,” Ondoma explains.
Lawyer Sam Ondoma making a presentation recently. Photos by Felix
For instance, land cases in Opia and Pajuru led to killings. Apaa land cases between Adjumani and Amuru district led to deaths of people. And there is current ongoing conflict between Jonam and Acholi in Nwoya district. Other land cases involve the family members.
He added: “This helps people who are liable to internal displacements especially in areas where there are oil and other mineral discoveries by the government. Presence of permanent establishments will help the government valuer to easily determine the amount of compensation to such a displaced person.”
He says with the current issues surrounding land amendment bill in Uganda, people can easily lose their land to the government at a cheaper price if the amendment comes to pass.
In areas of Lower and Upper Madi counties in Arua district, there is oil suspected to be available but during the Neptune explorations in Rhino Camp sub county, lower madi county in some past years, they found a dry well.