“Land rights exist for all but allocation for land happens when land rights is actualized on an event such as marriage, death, divorce”
This paper, written by Judy Adoko, Executive Director of LEMU, focuses on Certificates of Customary Ownership (CCOs). The paper highlights some of the risks inherent in CCOs, as well as outlining some solutions to those risks.
The Land Act provides the practical measures for forming and registering a communal land association in the Sections and Forms under the Regulations to the Act. However, an analysis of the relevant sections of the Act shows that the practice puts the community members under a great risk of losing their land. Seven (7) key […]
As oral land governance for community land now has many challenges, documenting traditional governance and rules for community land was deemed necessary by some community land owners in Lango region, assisted by Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU), funded by International Development Law Organization, NAMATI and USAID SAFE Project. The rules writing approach of […]
It is widely accepted that having a title to land gives security of tenure, but not all know the reasons why this is so. This paper gives this insight and then explains why titles in their current form cannot both give security to customary landowners and keep the land under customary tenure system. The paper […]
We had a case recently of a man who used to beat his wife when he got drunk. One night, things were worse than usual and the woman couldn’t take it anymore. Where should she run? It’s a simple story, repeated many times with some variations across the country, and it’s an important one, because […]
Uganda’s new National Land Policy (NLP), approved in 2013, brought an overdue and much needed change for the recognition and support of Customary land tenure in Uganda. Amongst other changes, the NLP recognized Customary land tenure and indicated that a new “Certificate of Title of Customary Ownership” based on customary land registry would confer rights […]
To rebut society’s misconception that “women do not own land under customary land tenure” different regions (Lango, Teso, Acholi and Bunyoro) and different tribes (the Alur, Aringa and Lugbara) wrote down their customs in the book they call Principles, Practices, Rights and Responsibilities (PPRR). It is therefore clear that there are a number of ways […]
Principal Investigator: Anthony Okech. Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The study, financed by IDRC, was undertaken by LEMU using an Action Research approach integrated into LEMU’s program implementation, gathering information during the community land protection activities in Lango sub-region and tracking and analyzing land cases of land disputes reported to LEMU offices […]
This Voluntary Code of Practice was ADOPTED on 4th March, 2015 at the meeting of the Northern Uganda Land Platform in Arua.
Experience reveals two types of land disputes prevalent in postwar northern Uganda: cases that involve a legitimate cause of action and those that do not. 1 Since mediation and alternative forms of dispute resolution rely on parties’ willingness to negotiate in good faith, cases featuring ‘bad faith’ and land grabbing—where powerful parties intentionally exploit another […]
Land wrangles are astoninshingly common in Uganda today, with disputes over customary land – recent studies show – on the rise. NGOs and community actors have begun offering Alternative Dispute Resolution [ADR] services, and the gravity and significance of this daily work cannot be overstated. Yet most land dispute mediations in Uganda today go unrecorded […]