The existing land ownership system, ruling party, royal alliance and limited information on land ownership status are a major challenge to the enjoyment of the right to land and access to information. Many people are evicted from their land by so many actors: cultural institutions, government bodies like Uganda Wildlife Authority and National Forest Authority, high ranking army officers, big business companies like oil mining companies to mention but a few. With support from such government institutions, cultural institutions and individuals, foreign investors and other Ugandan business people have been able to unlawfully evict locals to establish businesses on their lands. The recent discoveries of oil and gas resources, has led to increased demand on the international market for agricultural raw materials has in its turn led to an influx of investors looking for large pieces of land to establish big business initiatives like farms, ware houses and oil mining.
The existing information gap on registered and unregistered land, government’s failure to protect land occupants and owners, lack of information sharing mechanisms to expose illegal evictions are a burden local people that are evicted. There is a lack of mechanisms to bring such violations to public attention and redress, and information gaps on land ownership status have dented people within the Rwenzori a daunting task to overcome.
TLC has designed programs intended to offer support victims of illegal land evictions through legal support, advocacy and lobby.