PAKWACH: Pakwach district council has approved the allocation of funds under the natural resource department towards the processing of land titles for acres of land hosting its administrative units and the main hospital.
The fund allocation is part of the Discretionary Development Grant meant for development purposes targeting infrastructure at the district and lower local governments
UGX 774, 361, 000 million will be used for the fast tracking of acquisition of land title for 8 acres for administration block and the remaining 28 acres for hospital land all at Kapita cell where both institutions are situated.
Officials said the move will protect the district land against encroachers and community members who had already started showing interest.
While seeking approval of the district budget and workplan from the councilors, Mr Robert Omito Steen, the Pakwach district chairman explained that the decision is in harmony with local government act (Cap 243) Section 17 which gives the district executive mandate to initiate and formulate policies for approval of council.
"Madam speaker, the Kapita land titling as a government institution will not consume much funds and prioritising it’s quick titling will enable us to proceed with the establishment of Ongom Lacana hospital that the president has already endorsed", Omito stressed.
Land acquisition for development projects by governments, private investors and land speculators has been a critical source of tension and conflicts in many parts of the country.
The 1998 land Act refers to the land title as one of the fundamental instruments to show proof of land ownership in Uganda. The Pakwach district land was allocated by the community in the 1960s and was previously used as a military detachment by the army.
Mr Mike Okethwengwu, the Pakwach town council councilor urged the district to expedite the process of demarcating and surveying the land as well as considering plans to purchase more for future projects.
The councilors are hopeful that in the financial year 2021-2022, the process would have been concluded with valide land title bearing block number, blue page and encumbrance page .