Ministry of Lands Announces National Land Policy Review – The Ankole Times

Ministry of Lands Announces National Land Policy Review

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

The Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development has announced a comprehensive review of Uganda’s National Land Policy. This review aims to streamline land management, promote transparency, ensure equitable land access, encourage land-based investment, and tackle challenges related to land reforms.

Land, as emphasized by Judith Nabakooba, the Minister of Lands, is crucial for sustaining livelihoods and supporting various sectors, serving as a foundation for development. Despite the existence of the National Land Policy and legal frameworks, issues like land evictions continue to persist. To address these problems, the Ministry has initiated a consultative review of the policy and legal frameworks to incorporate input from all Ugandans.

The Minister made this announcement during the official opening of the National Land Policy Platform, a three-day event held at Hotel Africana in Kampala. She underlined that the National Land Policy, which was approved by Cabinet in February 2013, provides the framework for the management and administration of land and land-based resources in Uganda. This policy outlines the role of land in national development, covering aspects like land ownership, distribution, utilization, alienability, management, and control, with the ultimate goal of transforming Uganda from a peasant state into a middle-income country.

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Nabakooba stressed the significance of land in Ugandan society, highlighting its cultural, social, political, and economic importance. She emphasized that the review must focus on equitable land access, sustainable land use, and protecting the rights of vulnerable groups, including the elderly, women, and children. Given the limited land size and increasing population pressures, it is vital to balance economic growth with safeguarding the interests of marginalized communities and future generations.

As part of the review process, an impact study will be conducted by consultants who were involved in formulating the current National Land Policy. The findings from this study will aid in identifying gaps and challenges in the current policy’s implementation. The Minister called upon experts in the land sector to diagnose land-related problems and challenges and propose practical solutions. The insights gathered will be analyzed and presented to Cabinet and Parliament for their consideration.

In this effort to revamp land administration, the government’s intention is clear: to ensure land plays a central role in promoting development and progress for all Ugandans while safeguarding the rights of vulnerable groups and addressing persistent issues that have plagued the sector. This consultative review process represents a significant step forward in this endeavor, with the engagement of experts, stakeholders, and the broader Ugandan population to shape the future of land policy and administration in the country.

Here’s a summary of the key points:

Key Points Details
Review Announcement Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development initiates a review of the National Land Policy.
Objectives Streamline land administration, promote transparency, ensure equitable land access, encourage land-based investment, and address land-related challenges.
Minister’s Statement Land is crucial for livelihoods, agriculture, and overall development. Despite existing policy and legal frameworks, land issues persist.
Policy Framework National Land Policy, approved by Cabinet in February 2013, guides land management and resource administration.
Policy Goals Transform Uganda from a peasant state into a middle-income country.
Significance of Land Land plays a vital role culturally, socially, politically, and economically in Uganda.
Focus of Review Equitable land access, sustainable land use, and protection of vulnerable groups’ rights.
Impact Study Consultants will conduct an impact study to identify gaps and challenges in the current policy’s implementation.
Expert Involvement Experts in the land sector are called upon to diagnose land issues and propose practical solutions.
Next Steps Insights gathered from the review process will be analyzed and presented to Cabinet and Parliament for consideration.



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