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Land Tittle: Government bows to pressure, releases land title to people of Karusandara in Kasese

By Zalimon Basighalha (Goodluck)

Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development has officially released a community land title to the people living in Karusandara sub-county in Kasese district.

Since early 1960s, a population of over 25,000 people in Karusandara sub-county has been living on 4,590 hectares of land without a title showing its ownership.

Map of Kasese district showing the location of Karusandara Sub County.

The development comes a week after the residents had threatened not to participate in the forthcoming Busongora County South Parliamentary by-election should government fail to issue out a land title for the land on which they are living.

They presented their threat to the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Hon. Judith Nabakooba who had reached the area over issues related to the same land.

In response, the Minister assured the residents that before the end of this week, government will have released their land title.

Now, on Wednesday, two NRM Members of Parliament from Kasese district including Ferigo Kambale for Kasese Municipality and Sowedi Kitanywa for Busongora County North concurrently told the press at Uhuru 50 Gardens that government had fulfilled its pledge to the people of Karusandara.

Hon. Kambale displayed a certificate of title, freehold, dated August 01, 2022 showing a piece of land equivalent to 3,411.5 hectares (8,430 acres of land).    

On his part, Hon. Kitanywa applauded Hon. Gideon Thembo Mujungu for his alleged lobbying capacity from the Central Government to his electorate as evidenced by the land title that government through the Uganda Land Commission has been able to release. 

Hon. Ferigo Kambale of Kasese Municipality and Hon. Sowedi Kitanywa of Busongora County North addressing members of the press in Kasese town on Wednesday.

Speaking to the press in a separate interview, Mujungu explained that the delay to have the land title released was caused by the death of the fallen Speaker of Parliament, the Rt. Hon. Jacob Lokori Oulanyah as well as the sacking of the Chairperson and Secretary of the Uganda Land Commission by the time he had started the process. 

Gidion Thembo Mujungu, NRM flag bearer in the Busongora County South by-election.

Mujungu told the press that he started the process of securing the land title as soon as he entered the 11th Parliament up to the time he was kicked out of the August House by the Court of Appeal. 

He categorically put it clear that government has not released the land title because of the August 18, 2022 Parliamentary by-election.

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