Kabale Deputy RDC warns children against pressuring parents for land
By Innocent Ruhangariyo
KABALE – In a stern warning issued today, Kabale Deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Ronald Bakak cautioned children against pressurizing their parents to give them land emphasizing that once a child turns 18 years old, they have no legal mandate to demand land from their parents as a share.
Bakak while addressing the residents of Rugyendiira cell, Rushaki ward, Northern Division in Kabale municipality, he expressed concern over the increasing number of cases where children were putting undue pressure on their parents to transfer land ownership to them revealing that such demands were not only legally baseless but also strained family relationships.
“Children need to understand that once they reach the age of 18, they are considered adults and have no legal right to demand land from their parents,” Bakak stated. “Land ownership is a matter of personal choice and should be handled with respect and understanding within the family.”
The RDC further explained that land ownership is governed by the laws of Uganda, which clearly state that parents have the right to decide how their land is distributed among their children. He urged children to respect their parents’ decisions and avoid creating unnecessary conflicts within their families highlighting the importance of educating children about land rights and inheritance laws to prevent misunderstandings and disputes calling upon local authorities, schools, and community leaders to organize awareness campaigns and workshops to educate both parents and children on these matters.
“We need to ensure that children are well-informed about their rights and responsibilities when it comes to land ownership,”.
“This will help them understand the legal framework and avoid any misunderstandings or conflicts with their parents on land matters.”
Bakak warning comes in response to surge in land-related disputes within the Kabale district where many of these disputes have been fueled by children demanding a share of their parents’ land, often leading to strained relationships and even legal battles.