Assessment of land management in Uganda
Lutaaya, Gerald Mugoya
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This research focuses on the assessment of land management in Uganda. The research objectives included identification of the land management systems used by Church of Uganda, establishment of the causes of land disputes and conflicts in Church of Uganda and designing of a strategic framework that can help improve land management in the Church of Uganda. This research employed a descriptive cross-sectional survey design and the study was conducted at the Diocese of Kampala Church of Uganda where appropriate simple random and purposive sampling techniques were used. The study population comprised of 132 people of whom a sample size of 100 people was used. Data was analysed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). The study findings reveal that the Church of Uganda acquired its land through inheritance, donations and direct purchase. The research further found out that most of the church land had been grabbed and encroached on; and this has been the biggest cause of disputes and conflicts on church land. It was also found out that most of the land is not surveyed despite the fact that the Diocese has a land officer who is actually overwhelmed with work. Many people are interested in church land because it is genuine compared to other lands on the market. From the findings, it is clear that whereas there are management systems in place, there still remain land disputes and conflicts on church land mainly because of encroachment and land grabbing. It is therefore recommended that a directorate of land management is set up to manage church land including putting in place policies and procedures about management of church land. There should be opening of boundaries of all church land and clear mark stones put on the boundaries of all the land. Clear records should be kept in an asset register. Relevant committees should be set up and the church workers should be trained in land management including having a full time lawyer to handle land matters.