2. Information

What should be included in the new “Certificate of Title of Customary Ownership (COTO)” mandated under The 2013 Uganda National Land Policy (NLP)? Apr 2017

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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 equivalent to Freehold land tenure. This information leaflet has therefore been prepared on the request of the Policy Division of the Ministry of Lands, Housing, and Urban Development (MLHUD) to examine and propose what form the Customary land title, to be called a “Certificate of Title of Customary Ownership (COTO)” should take. The information is derived from our organizations’ (Land & Equity Movement of Uganda, or LEMU’s understanding of Customary land tenure practices in Acholi, Bunyoro, Lango, Teso, and West Nile districts, as derived (with input from clan leaders/councils) specifically from the customary laws of each area. The Customary land tenure practices have been recorded in publications on behalf of clans and their land customs in “Principles, Practices, Rights and Responsibilities” (PPRR) for each Customary land tenure system within the traditional institutions of these areas. The information was also derived from a workshop of members […]


What can be done to secure widows’ land rights under customary land tenure? Jan 2017

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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 that women do hold land rights under customary tenure. This paper examines whether or not the custom is being followed, and why. The paper will then recommend ways that women can secure their land rights in families.


Important Principles of Natural Justice that Government expects clans to apply when hearing cases – in Ateso & English

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This paper produced by LEMU to assist clans in Teso when they determine and mediate land cases. If you want to give feedback on the paper, please Call office on Tel: 0352280028 Or bring your comments to the office of LEMU in Soroti at Plot 1, Etyeku Road, Soroti Municipality, off old Mbale Road Pamba. P. O. Box 113, Soroti – Uganda or you can email us at soroti@land-in-uganda.org


PPRR Kumam

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Principles, Practices, Rights and Responsibilities (PPRR) of Customary Land Tenure for the KUMAM communities in TESO. Oct 2011.
Iswilia, tice, twero kede epelu me atekerin i epone me gwoko lobo me itok no 1 me 2011
This paper offers a lot of useful guidance to the people, those involved in land management for Kumam communities in Teso, courts of law, and other stakeholders and can help to reduce the many problems currently faced by people with land rights under customary tenure for Kumam communities in Teso.
Please note this file is in Kumam and English and is 827Kb.


PPRR in TESO

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Principles, Practices, Rights and Responsibilities (PPRR) of Customary Land Tenure in TESO region. June 2009
Iswilia, tice, twero kede epelu me atekerin i epone me gwoko lobo me itok no 1st Omaruk 2009

This paper offers a lot of useful guidance to the people, those involved in land management for Kumam communities in Teso region, courts of law, and other stakeholders and can help to reduce the many problems currently faced by people with land rights under customary tenure in Teso region.


PPRR in Lango

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Principles, Practices, Rights and Responsibilities (PPRR) of Customary Land Tenure in Lango Region
Cik me lobo tekwaro me Lango – nama 1 me mwaka 2009

This paper offers a lot of useful guidance to the people, those involved in land management in Lango, courts of law, and other stakeholders and can help to reduce the many problems currently faced by people with land rights under customary tenure in Lango.
Please note this file is in Luo and English and is 6Mb.


PPRR in Acholiland

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Principles, Practices, Rights and Responsibilities (PPRR) of Customary Land Tenure in Acholiland. June 2008.
Cik me loyo ki kit me tic ki ngom kwaro i Acholi 1 Omaruk 2008

This paper offers a lot of useful guidance to the people, those involved in land management in Acholiland, courts of law, and other stakeholders and can help to reduce the many problems currently faced by people with land rights under customary tenure in Acholiland.
Please note this file is in Acholi and English and is 420Kb.


Information paper 2 – Land rights or power distortion?

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Land ownership is increasingly being personalised, and the family heads are often taking land for themselves when customary law said they were supposed to administer the land for their families. This paper explains how this is happening and what is the impact for women and children.