Community Dialogues on land administration in Ngoma District

Haguruka along with RLMUA (Rwanda Land Management and Use Authority) in partnership with Lantmateriet funded by SIDA (Sweedish International Development Cooperation Agency) is implementing the project entitled “Capacity development in land Administration” in Ngoma District. This project aim to raise awareness of citizen about land law using community dialogues throughout citizen forums-Inteko z’abaturage. From May 2018, all 14 sectors of Ngoma District have been covered by the project

In all those sectors more than three thousand people have participated in community dialogues. The main topics that were discussed are these related to the land registration as obligation to own certificates of land, equal right to land, right to transfer land and prior consent to transfer of land. During the discussion, citizens were very interested because many of them were not have enough information about land law and they didn’t really know their rights and the processes of registering their land.

Alphonse Biziyaremye from Gashanda sector said “Before attending this community dialogue we knew that a husband has a supreme power on family property, but now we have come to understand that both wife and husband have equal rights and obligations to the management of the family property resulting from land”

Among challenges identified during community dialogues most of them were based and caused by misunderstanding and also to culture belief related issues. “In Zaza sector for instance, we found a problem where there is a case of men who buy lands in other sectors and don’t want their wives to be aware of that” Said by Haguruka’s Lawyer.

Citizens have also highlighted issues related to illegal marriage where they said that many couples are not legally married which caused women to not be aware of their husband’s property. Another issue we saw was a believes or what we can call myths, where men still thinks that they are the only ones that have the right on the family land or legacy.
Haguruka through this project has raised awareness on all these issues and it has brought the change to the community. Ngoma’s citizens understand now that man and a woman married have both the same rights to the family legacy in terms of management and take decisions on how it can be used.