The state minister for land Hon. Persis Namuganza reveals that they need UGX.1.7 trillion to pay off landlords who gave out their land to bonafide occupants in reverse for payment by the government.
Addressing journalists today at Uganda Journalist Association (UJA) offices in Kampala, Namuganza stated that the funds available in the land fund are not enough to pay off the very many landlords who have been accumulating over five years now.
The delayed payment of landlords by the government has now started fueling wrangles between the landlords and the bonafide occupants that the government is trying to protect.
Government came up with a programme to buy land having occupants from landlords with intentions to issue everlasting ownership to the bonafide occupants as a way of solving the fast growing land wrangles.
Thousands of bonafide occupants in Kasese, Mubende, Nakasongola Nwoya Nebbi, Namutumba among other districts have already benefited from this government programme and have already received customary land certificates.
Now the government is urging leaders in districts where the programme has met resistance to develop a positive attitude towards the programme to have their residents get permanent ownership of their pieces of land.
However, the government is planning to start buying and then give out land on leasehold to the youth starting with youths in Kampala and Wakiso with plans to have them move to agriculture as a way to curb unemployment among the country’s biggest population group.
In this initiative, youth interested in agriculture will form groups which will be allocated land to either grow crops or rear animals and birds for sale.
The youth in Uganda are facing a challenge of unemployment and this has kept them in abject poverty which has failed or slowed down government targets of moving into a middle income status by 2030.