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
Mulago gets equipment for eye surgery
TEN percent of all the blindness is caused by cataracts. At Mulago National Referral Hospital about 6-10 eye patients are operated every week...
Gender ministry out to reduce child abuse
THE gender ministry has partnered with the different child NGOs to help reduce the cases of child abuse in the country by easing the reporting and counselling mechanism...
Kadaga warns MPs on poor attendance
DESPITE the Speaker improvising various measures like registration books and high tech gadgets which monitor the attendance of MPs, the turn up has continued to be very poor...
Who is Deputy CJ Kavuma?
President Yoweri Museveni today nominated Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe as the Chief Justice of Uganda and Stephen Kavuma as theDeputy Chief Justice....
Lukwago’s case flops over judge
Hearing of a case of the ousted Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago's return to office flopped on Thursday at the Court of Appeal, after one of the judges on the panel was unavailable....
UN appeals to parliament to pass financially inclusive legislations
The United Nations has appealed to the Uganda Parliament to pass legislation that will enable rural Ugandans benefit from access to financial institutions and their services...
Is KCCA doing enough to curb poor hygeine?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter