National
Urban planning inevitable in development - Migereko
Publish Date: Jul 25, 2014
Urban planning inevitable in development - Migereko
Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Daudi Migereko speaking during a forum organised by National Development Authority about the use of land and agriculture for development. Photo by Esther Namirimu
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Esther Namirimu and Raymond Baguma

THE minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Daudi Migereko has advised Ugandans to support urban planning because it is inevitable if development is to take place.

Migereko who was on Thursday speaking during the fourth debate of the National Development Policy forum at Serena Hotel in Kampala, noted that residents of slum areas in Kampala are opposed to urban development.

He cited that neighboring countries such as Kenya and Ethiopia have embarked on slum redevelopment projects within the capital cities.

The debate was moderated by Vision Group Chief Executive Officer, Robert Kabushenga. It was organised by National Planning Authority in partnership with the UNDP, the World Bank and Advocates Coalition on Development (ACODE) to discuss land reform and investment in agriculture for socio-economic transformation.

Migereko said government has ushered in a favorable environment to encourage Ugandans to use their land productively. He added that Government would implement a public awareness campaign on the benefits of productive and optimal agriculture land use.

“It is not enough to have secure land rights but we must acquire modern technology to increase production in agriculture. Agencies like World Bank are increasingly getting interested in the role land markets play in agricultural growth and poverty reduction,” he added.

Earlier, Frank Byamugisha, the former lead land specialist for Africa at the World Bank, presented a paper about land reform and investments in agriculture for socio-economic transformation of Uganda.

Byamugisha advised government to remove restrictions on land rental markets, imposing a tax on unused land above 10 hectares and redistributing government and former public land that is not critical for use in producing public goods and services.

He also recommended strengthening access of youth and women to land through promoting early inheritance of land from parents by introducing social welfare support and pension programs for the elderly.

Naome Kabanda, Acting Assistant Commissioner of the Land Inspectorate Division said discrimination in land ownership is preventing women and youth from contributing to national development, besides being a violation of rights. 

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
Lawyer Sebalu’s property case for mediation
The fight for fallen city lawyer Paulo Sebalu’s multi-billion estate has taken a new twist with the two warring parties accepting to go for mediation...
Museveni to launch gender equality campaign on Women’s Day
President Yoweri Museveni will this Sunday launch a campaign intended to mobilise men and boys to support gender equality and women and girls'' empowerment...
Kadaga  receives electoral reforms
The Inter-Party Organization for Dialogue (IPOD) and National Consultative Forum (NFC) Monday presented to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga the proposed constitutional and reforms which have been agreed upon by the opposition parties and NRM including the need for an independent electoral c...
Global Ebola conference seeks end to W.Africa outbreak
Leaders of Ebola-hit countries in west Africa will attend an international conference in Brussels Tuesday to mobilise a final push to end the outbreak and ensure the delivery of nearly $5 billion in aid pledges....
Gambian government bans sports betting
The statement says sports betting shops are to stop operations with immediate effect....
Good news in the failed HIV trial
The disappointing results from a trial of a vaginal gel in South Africa will not disappoint researchers, a regional HIV prevention research expert, Dr Patrick Ndase said. Instead, it makes the ongoing trial in Uganda more hopeful for better results...
Is KCCA doing enough to curb poor hygeine?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter