1,000 Mityana – Mubende bibanja owners to get certificates of occupancy

The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban development is finalising processes of issuing certificates of occupancy to about 1,000 squatters (bibanja owners) in the districts of Mityana, Mubende and Kassanda.

According to the acting director Land Management, Richard Okutu and the acting commissioner Land registration, Robert Opio, the certificates will be issued by April this year.

The two Lands ministry officials were appearing before the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire.

A certificate of occupancy is given to bonafide occupants and registered tenants on Mailo land. These are supposed to pay ground rent to the landlord.

“The certificate of occupancy is provided for in the law but it has not been there. But we have started a process in Mityana,” said Okutu

The process of registering the tenants is already ongoing in Mityana, Mubende and Kassanda districts according to the Ministry’s publicist, Dennis Obbo.

“We are currently implementing the program in 11 Sub Counties including Kakindu, Bulere,Manyi in Mityana and Kiyuni, Nabigoola and Kasambya in Mubende district and Myanzi, Bukuya and Kiganda in Kassanda district among others,” Obbo said.

He said that the ministry had received about 5,000 applicants from Myanzi, Bukuya and Kiganda sub counties in Kassanda district.

The first phase of the exercise targets 75,000 bibanja holders and the process is expected to end in 2020 before it rolled out to other districts in the country.