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Gov’t Halts Land Evictions During COVID-19 Lockdown

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The Ministry of Lands has halted all kinds of land evictions during the time when the country is on lockdown.

This is parts of the interim Land Management Guidelines issued by the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development to protect the rights and obligations of both the landlords and tenants on registered land in the country.

The intervention comes at the backdrop of complaints, mostly by tenants, filed from different parts of the country with the most recent incident occurring at Bukompe village in Kassanda district where city businessman Abid Alam’s men forcefully destroyed homes and plantations in a bid to evict settlers.

Lands Minister Beti Kamya has since directed the Resident District Commissioners-RDCs to suspend the implementation of eviction orders.

Kamya has also suspended land-sharing engagements and collection of annual nominal ground rent by landlords or their representatives arguing whoever forcefully asks for the same must be reported to the police immediately.

Kamya stresses that where a Landlord chooses to sell land to a different person other than the tenants, the rights of the existing tenants shall not be affected in any way.

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