Attack on Traditional and Customary land by Ugandan Government sign now

CONDEMN THE UGANDAN GOVERNMENTS PROTRACTED ATTACK ON TRADITIONAL AND CUSTOMARY LAND OWNERSHIP

Ugandans are concerned and angered at the increasing manipulation of land law by the current President,Yoweri Museveni, thinly disguised as Land Reform. The controversial Land Act 1998, and secondary legislation introduced since has seen the value of land significantly diminish, traditional land owners disenfranchised and impoverished. If the latest Land Bill is passed, it will have a devastating and permanent impact on the poor whose only valuable possession is inherited land. The proposals
i) undermine centuries old customary land tenure systems
ii) remove powers of traditional leaders from presiding over local land disputes with reckless unconcern for the effect on these very poor populations
iii) attempts to centralise power over land through the Minister of Lands and Local Government. This will not go unchallenged by the masses.

Current Land Reform is thinly designed to advantage two controversial groups:

1. Ethnic Bahima nomadic herdsmen: allowing them to settle wherever they please, to the detriment of traditional legitimate agricultural land owning communities with life long investment in the land. Museveni descends from Nilo Hamites nomadic group ordinarily settled in Western Uganda (Bahima), Tutsi (Rwanda and Burundi), Banyamulenge (DRC Congo) and Bahema (Northern Tanzania). Groups have merged ready to take over land as soon as the proposed Land Act is passed.

2. Musevenis Investors The immoral and unprovoked confiscation of lawfully owned land, to be given to Investors is unethical. There is no transparency about who Investors are, their previous business experience, source of their wealth, or strategic plan for confiscated land. Investors should normally negotiate directly with lawful land owners in private. This injustice has reached a politically dangerous tipping point.

The growing anger and resentment from traditional leaders and land owning communities they represent is evident across the country. Alliances are taking root within specific ethnic groups including the Baganda, the Acholi, Karimajong, Iteso, Langi and Basoga who would be directly and indirectly significantly and permanently disadvantaged by these outrageous proposals. The promoters and perpetrators of this outrage are the West Ugandan ethnic groups of Banyankore, Banyarwanda, Bakiga and Banyoro, (about 30\% of the population)whose cultures do not value land ownership. Festering anger and resentment has resulted in warning signs that mirror the United Nations Eight Stages of Genocide. International strategic policy makers are called upon to intervene to avert an ethnic cleansing catastrophe. Musevenis ethnic group may have temporary political and economic advantage, but provoking land owners to a tipping point may build up a dangerous momentum, in which many will perish.

This petition seeks:
i. International political intervention to avert ethnic conflict over controversial land reform in Uganda and permanent resolution to political land confiscations. This includes Bugandas confiscated 9000 square miles.

ii. Protection of traditional and communal land against opportunistic political leaders, justice and reassurance to land owners of their rights under traditional norms.

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  • 11 January 2016424. Juliet Fritz
    I support this petition
  • 04 January 2016423. Mutebi Joeln
    I support this petition
  • 24 December 2015422. Robert L
    I support this petition
  • 23 December 2015421. Sidney M
    This is very sad and disturbing.
  • 28 November 2015420. James M
    I can also smell a massive genocide to come. The right time to stop this genocide is now. In the future our children will blame us to have done nothing to stop the genocide.
  • 13 November 2015419. Florence Bagunywan
    I support this petition
  • 06 November 2015418. Catherine G
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  • 31 October 2015416. James M
    Twakoowa dda
  • 22 October 2015415. Theresa M
    "Thou shall not steal" This will come back to haunt those who steal what does not belong to them..
  • 11 October 2015414. Marvinmutyaba Edwards
    awangaale-sabassajja
  • 07 October 2015413. Kimanje Solomon
    The continued efforts of the govt to tamper with existing land laws may lead to ethnic violence
  • 03 October 2015412. Rebecca L
    It's a good cause
  • 02 October 2015411. Bekalaze G
    We've always been willing to share, why aren't they?
  • 23 September 2015410. Maureen K
    I support this petition
  • 14 September 2015409. John M
    Let's push Museveni and his corruption out
  • 02 September 2015408. Rosemary L
    I support this petition
  • 09 August 2015407. Beti Olivek
    What the Land Amendment Bill seeks to do is exactly what Robert Mugabe did to White Zimbabweans. If Britain does not treat Museveni the same way as they did Mugabe, that is double standards. I look forward to hear from Gordon Brown. He would not sit on th
  • 25 July 2015406. Christine N
    I support this petition
  • 16 June 2015405. Timothy W
    If the Palestinian Revolution is based on grounds of Land. The struggle will continue.
  • 14 June 2015404. Michael L
    I support this petition
  • 09 June 2015403. Sendege G
    I support this petition
  • 09 April 2015402. Herbert K
    It is the first family & the so called freedom fighters who are benefiting from all this... I may come from the west BUT the majority of us are NOT benefiting.
  • 15 March 2015401. Gwen M
    I support this petition
  • 13 March 2015400. Bright Wyatt
    I support this petition
  • 11 March 2015399. Andrew M
    We should resisist all attempts to take our customary land.
  • 17 February 2015398. Christine W
    Dont Attempt the land in Kyaggwe or else will eat you alive .Tuli Bakunja tetukunja miti, tukunja bantu, so be warned Mu7.

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US Congress, British Government, Canadian Government, United Nations, Commonwealth Secretariat, Ugandans, friends of Ugandans

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