ORGANIC LAW N° 08/2005 OF 14/07/2005 DETERMINING THE USE AND MANAGEMENT OF LAND IN RWANDA
This Law not only provides a legal framework for the use and management of land in Rwanda but also institutes the principles that will govern the legality of land rights. This Act also establishes land commissions at national, provincial and the City of Kigali level as well as at the district, town and municipal level. The organization, responsibilities, functioning and the members of land commissions will be determined by a Presidential order. This Law also defines urban land as land which is confined within the boundaries of towns and municipalities. Urban land can be part of public domain for instance, if it is land for collective settlements. This regulation also contains provisions for land registration, allocation and leasing of state land, transfer of land rights as well as rights and obligations of landlords.
Finally, this Law abolishes the “ubukonde” custom that was established under law n° 530/1 of May 26, 1961 on land tenure in the territories of Gisenyi and Ruhengeri.Country: Rwanda