National
City land board gets secretary
Publish Date: Feb 23, 2014
City land board gets secretary
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Brian Mayanja

Abdunassar Olekwa has been appointed secretary to the Kampala district land board.


The institution had been without a secretary for two years, following administrative wrangles.

Olekwa replaces Sarah Kusiima, who was transferred two years ago.

“The assignment takes immediate effect. You should, therefore, report to the chairperson Kampala District Land Board for further duty instructions,”wrote Gabindadde Musoke, the lands ministry permanent secretary, in a February 6 letter.

Olekwa will, however, also continue serving as a senior land officer at the lands ministry.

Yusuf Nsibambi, the Kampala district land board chairman, said the board had not been fully operational, since 2012, when Kusiima was transferred. Olekwa’s appointment means the board will start renewing property leases and individuals will also be able to buy and sell land.

Nsibambi said individuals will also be able to access loans from financial institutions, using their renewed lease property as collateral.

“The Government incurred losses in terms of revenue collection and financial institutions found it hard to process mortgage transactions. Individuals could not sell their property. About sh3b was lost in taxes,” he said.

Sources say since Olekwa’s appointment has been a deliberate move aimed at clearing a backlog of cases.

The lands ministry will pay Olekwa’s salary, while Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) will be responsible for his allowances.

According to the 1998 Land Act, the secretary to the board is a public officer, appointed by the District Service Commission. The board secretary must have knowledge and experience in matters relating to land.

The district land board has powers to acquire, sell and lease land. It also has the authority to improve or demolish any building in the district.

In performing its functions, the Land Act of 1998 clearly stipulates that a district land board shall be independent of the Uganda Land Commission and shall not be subject to the direction or control of any person or authority.

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Woman found dead at Workers
A woman has been found dead at Workers House in Kampala in what is speculated to be a suicide case....
Gov’t launches residual spray against malaria
Government has launched the second phase of indoor residual spraying against malaria causing vectors in 14 more districts in Lango, Bukedi, Teso and Busoga sub regions....
Kawempe MP appeals to KCCA on evictions
MP Ssebuliba Mutumba appeals to KCCA to establish a plan for business people displaced by ongoing demolition of illegal structures in the city....
WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015
Hundreds of thousands of Ebola vaccine doses could be rolled out to west Africa by the middle of 2015, the World Health Organization said Friday, after new cases of the virus were reported in New York and Mali....
KCCA demolishes structures in Wandegeya
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has demolished several illegal structures in Wandegeya in an operation which lasted for close to five hours....
Army chief urges youth on hard work
The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Katumba Wamala, has cautioned the youth against impatience urging them to devote their energies to productive activities. He said most youth spend time watching movies which have given them an illusion of a rather glamorous life...
Should diplomatic passports issued to ex-govt workers be with drawn?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter