GICUMBI - The National Land Office on Tuesday handed over title deeds to 6,481 land owners in Bukure Sector, Gicumbi District.
Addressing the residents, the district Mayor, Bonane Nyangezi, urged them to use the land titles to uplift their economic status.
"This has added value to your land and you will be able to use the titles to acquire loans from the banks,” he said.
Nyangezi added the development would help to determine land belonging to the government.
So far, residents in 14 sectors of the district have already acquired title deeds.
However, the Mayor pointed out that absentee landlords, coupled with land conflicts, are delaying the completion of the exercise.
He noted that the land registration exercise would greatly reduce land conflicts among the communities as 80 percent of the cases reported to the district emanate from land ownership.
Nadine Mutoni, from the Ministry of Local Government, emphasised the need to uphold property rights.
Laurence Murebwayire, a widow, said she would use her newly acquired title deed to acquire a loan to boost her farming.
“My children will help me get a loan so that we buy more crops to expand our farming,” Murebwayire said, adding that the registration of her land helped resolve land-related wrangles in her family.
The National Land Office envisages to issue a total of eight million title deeds. So far, over five million land owners have benefited from the exercise.