PEACEFUL CO-SHARING OF LAND BOUNDARIES IN KATETA
A Peacemaking Project by Florence A.
What is the injustice we are solving?
Problem, and its background There is an increasing and alarming community land wrangles and disputes in Serere district and in Teso at large that is worrying government over land cases and disputes. And is harboring the ever increasing disputes over community unsettled land wrangles in Teso. Murders previously blamed on declining confidence in the local land tribunals have since taken worrying proportions, prompting government to seek quicker procedures of resolving land conflicts at the grassroots. There are rampant cases of murders in the region most of which have been associated with land disputes. The district land tribunals have failed to arbitrate over longstanding land disputes in the communities. “People have now taken the law into their hands when they feel the justice structures have failed them in resolving land disputes. According to the crime report compiled by the police in Teso for 2016, the increasing village murders in the sub-region have been linked to failed land disputes. Land conflicts in Teso have increasingly raised salient controversies and created deep social rifts between individuals, families, cultural groups and institutions, especially in the last ten years. In cases where land wrangles have dragged on for long, or reached violent stages, the social, emotional, economic, political and environmental damages caused are clearly evident and according to the study carried out my Makerere University it showed that 95% of the land conflicts in Teso sub-region are found in rural Teso, where over 93% of the land is held under the customary land tenure system. It also reveals that in Teso there is less security of land tenure under the customary land tenure system than under the land lease and freehold land tenure systems. The study further shows that the major causes of land conflicts in the sub-region are population increase (26.5%), unclear boundaries (26.5%), land commercialization (19.3%), nepotism (16.3%) and greed (6%).