UCOBAC: Promoting peaceful co-existence of landlords and tenants on private Mailo Land


In this documentary, UCOBAC captures experiences of both tenants, landlords and Kiboga district officials on Private Mailo Land.

Around 9% of Uganda’s land is held under mailo land system. The Land Act (as amended 2010) describes Mailo tenure as a form of tenure that allows separate ownership rights and user rights over registered land.

The system is encompassed with conflicts arising from competing dual rights between a registered owner and a tenant recognizing that much of the land is used under a peasant tenancy (Kibanja).

In Kiboga district, where land is mostly owned under the Mailo land tenure system still grapples with unsustainable land management practices stemming from conflicts resulting from either party not being in total agreement on the level of rights to this same piece of land.

UCOBAC, working closely with the Kiboga district local governments with funding from GIZ, is currently implementing the Improvement of Land Governance in Uganda (ILGU) project in five sub-counties of Kiboga district.

The primary goal of this initiative is to enhance the productivity of small-scale farmers on private Mailo land by harmonising the relationship between landlords and tenants on private Mailo land.