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Title: Land rights and conflict in Kiruhura District, Western Uganda
Authors: Bafaki, Gordon Tumwine
Keywords: Land rights
Conflict in
Kiruhura District
Western Uganda
Issue Date: Sep-2021
Publisher: Kampala International University, college of Humanities and Social Sciences
Abstract: The study analyzed the relationship between land rights and conflicts in Uganda, taking a case study of Kiruhura District. It was guided by the following objectives, to examine the strengths of the current legal framework for ownership of land and its relationship with conflicts in Kiruhura District, Western Uganda, to review how changing access to land has influenced conflicts related to land rights in Kiruhura District, Western Uganda, to examine the mechanisms adopted by communities in response to control of land rights and conflicts in Kiruhura District, Western Uganda And to determine how the issue of land utilization and conflict can be addressed in Uganda. This study was carried out in Kiruhura District, Western Uganda. The study adopted a cross sectional study design-case study design. This study was highly qualitative in nature. A sample size of 132 people was selected from the study population of 210 using Krejcie & Morgan, (1970). The study concluded that prevailing evidence reveals that though governments have, to varying degrees, recognized a range of different forms of tenure as being legitimate, “tenure security” still tends to be strictly defined in more statutory forms of legal security, such as individual land titles. The concept ownership of property – land inclusive, has been a concern of legal theorist and political philosophers, although not the general public for many centuries. Culture attempts to provide a perceptive index of people’s land rights. The situation was worsened by absence of strong mechanisms for addressing some of these land matters at community level, especially in the period where Village Local Council (LCs) had taken long without being reconstituted or elected. The study recommends that the government should restructure the lands rights administration system to enhance efficiency, ease of access and cost-effectiveness. At community level, clans should be enabled to purchase the book and be taught principles of natural justice, and how to write court proceedings, etc. The government should build capacity of lower-level local council courts and area land committees to tackle natural resources and property conflicts in the Kiruhura District, Western Uganda. The government of Uganda should come in and review the issue of boundaries may, at low levels of population density, be defined only loosely, transfers will normally involve only usufruct and not ownership and often be confined to community members, thereby allowing much of the content of land rights and associated transactions to be defined informally by unwritten “custom”.
Description: A research dissertation submitted to the department of political and administrative, directorate of higher degrees, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of master of Public Administration and Management Degree of Kampala International University
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