Three million land title deeds remain unclaimed at the Rwanda Natural Resources Authority.The Authority says that most land owners claim that only government can guarantee safe custody of the valuable documents. This is a vote of confidence in government.
It shows that people have more trust in government to keep their valuable assets.
it is important for the people to be enlightened on how best to use
their land titles instead of leaving them in custody of the Lands
This could partly be addressed by mass sensitisation on
land rights from the grassroots to the national level. When government
embarked on the land policy reforms in 2009, the exercise aimed at
stimulating growth through improved land tenure rights.
this objective will be realized when land owners realize that these
land title deeds are an asset to the owners and can be used as security
to get loans to start up income generating activities.
Land is the biggest capital that most people in rural areas can use to alleviate themselves from poverty.
is encouraging that the Authority intends to increase awareness among
Rwandans on the importance of being the primary custodians of their land
title deeds and to use them in the best way possible to uplift their
standards of living.
The awareness is important because for most
rural people their only security is usually land. The Authority should
consider using local leaders in this sensitisation programme.
is a growing consensus among the development experts that ensuring
access to land and security of land tenure have potential to spur
improved socio-economic development.