The Bududa resident district commissioner has decried the
overwhelming land cases in his office. The ultimate solution, according to him, lies in family planning.
George William Wopuwa, the new RDC Bududa, made the revelation
during an exclusive interview with URN at Bududa district headquarters.
According to him, a total of 20 cases have been referred to
his office for mediation in two months since he came to Bududa as RDC, with most
of the cases still unsolved.
He says mediation has been difficult for him because none of the parties are not ready to concede defeat, rendering his decision hard
since he does not rule like a court.
He adds that mediation is only easy if the parties are
willing to listen and accept each other’s mistake which is not the case with
those who come to his office.
Wopuwa also advised the people of Bududa not to resort to costly legal action to solve cases of land but rather go back to clan leaders and
local council leaders who could know community issues better.
He says people spend more money on land cases in courts than
the cost of land itself-there by appealing to the people to resolve land
conflicts outside court.
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He said he is worried that most of his time is spent while
solving land cases other than doing other work he is entitled to do like
supervision of government programs.
Wopuwa advised Bududa people to embrace family planning as
this shall reduce the pressure on land and allow for proper planning of the children that they produce.
Yonasan Bululu, the Bududa district vice chairman agrees with the RDC and also attributes the complaints of land disputes to the growing population other than the land.
He said this has also hindered development in the district
as many people fight for land other than concentrating on how they can control
the growing population in the district.
Bululu said they are worried that they may have many people in
future who would lack where to stay.