Raising Awareness of Citizens from All Sectors of Rubavu District on Land use and Management Through Community Dialogues
“Before attending these community dialogues, I didn’t have information on how land should be protected after the death of one of the spouses in a family”, Manjyambere Joseph, a citizen from Busasamana sector shared his experience. Haguruka in partnership with Rwandan Land Management and Use Authority (RLMUA) is implementing a project entitled “Capacity Building in Land Administration”. This project is sponsored by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and this project will contribute to a sustainable, efficient and reliable land administration in Rwandan based on a well-developed, accurate, transparent, and gender-sensitive land registry including framework, and spatial data, accepted by women and women of Rwanda.
It’s upon the afore-mentioned background that Haguruka has prepared and effectively conducted community dialogues in all 12 sectors of Rubavu District. Those community dialogues were held in Bugeshi, Busasamana, Cyanzarwe, Gisenyi, Kanama, Kanzenze, Mudende, Nyakiliba, Nyamyumba, Nyundo, Rubavu, and Rugerero sector for a period of one month, March-2019.
Moreover, the community dialogue took place during Citizen’s forums (Inteko z’Abaturage), and it took only two days per week. The citizens were informed more about the obligation to register land, where they have come to really understand that everyone who has the land has the obligation to register it. Hence, the wife and husband have to go and register their land together. In this case, the widow has also the right to register her land.
Those Community dialogues were really an interactive participatory communication process of sharing land use and management-related pieces of information, and this has led to a better and common understanding among the Rubavu citizens on land allocation, acquisition, and lease. This is where they were informed that the land lease period cannot be less than three (3) years and can not exceed ninety-nine years, even though it can be renewed. During that time, people reached a common understand about equal right to own land and land registration. In this sense, they were told that all kinds of discrimination based on sex or origin, in relation to access to land and the enjoyment of real right is forbidden. Also, during the community dialogues, people were informed more about the prior consent of spouses to make land transfer, the obligation of exploiting a land in a productive way, right to make the land transfer, and about the land which cannot be sub-divided along with the reason behind this condition.
“The community dialogues were so important and needed to us since we have come to really understand that any person owning land should exploit it in a productive way and in accordance with its nature and intended use“, Mukandayambaje Valeria, a citizen from Kanama sector shared her experience after attending community dialogue’s sessions.