today's Pick
Lands ministry introduces uniforms to fight fraud
Publish Date: Sep 03, 2014
Lands ministry introduces uniforms to fight fraud
Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Daudi Migereko. PHOTO/ Esther Namirimu
  • mail
  • img

By John Masaba

In a bid to stem the rampart fraud in the lands ministry, government has decided to adopt uniforms for its staff in the ministry of lands.

New Vision has also learnt that a proposal is in the offing to accredit all agents who interface with clients on behalf of the ministry.

The land ministry spokesperson, Denis Obo, said that introducing the uniforms would help redeem the image of the ministry that has been tainted over the years due to several land scandals linked to ministry staff. 

“We want to restore integrity in the ministry and clean the institution of the perception that our staffs are corrupt,” he said.

According to the ministry, top staff will wear white uniforms while middle staff like the clerks, secretaries will wear corporate cream shirts and blouses. And the lower support staff brown uniforms.

Lands ministry permanent secretary, Gabindadde Musoke, said each shirt will be emblazoned with the staff’s name and number to make it easier for the public to distinguish them from non-staff when they visit the land office.

Minister for Water and Environment, Ephraim Kamuntu(C ) with the new Uganda National Forestry Authority  Board Members (Left-right) David Ebong, Michael Mugisa, Dr. Maggie Kigozi, Gershom Onyongo (Chairman)and Langoya Council Dickson after the inauguration. PHOTO/ Enock Kakande

“We have notified our staff about the changes. Some don’t like it but we have to do it. We have been having a problem where these people posing as our staff waylay people and divert them from our offices to rob them,” he said. 

Musoke said the new changes are expected to kick off in October.

Other government agencies that wear uniform include the Police, army and prisons. Others are nurses, doctors in government facilities and Uganda Revenue Authority.  

The Association of Real Estate Agents (AREA) chairperson, Nicholas Arinaitwe, welcomed the move but said the ministry ought to go beyond just introducing uniforms for its staff.

“Kicking fraud out to of the ministry requires a holistic approach. Uniforms will solve half the problem,” he said.

He added: “We know a number of people whose names have been linked with land related scandals. But despite reporting these people, the ministry has not blacklisted them and they continue to make transactions in land office.”

Arinaitwe said that all people involved in land transaction business should be registered as this will help in tracking them and monitoring their activities to stem fraud.

“That is how Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) fixed the clearing and forwarding industry where fraud was very high,” he added.

He said the registration will not only help weed out fake dealers in the real estate business but it will also help trace and track people who are not paying taxes.

He said a huge number of people were making a lot of money from sales but are not paying taxes which has resulted into the burden being borne by a handful of registered real estate dealers.

Related Stories

80% of Uganda’s land unregistered – minister

Lands ministry report names key land grabbers

Are land titles from real estate agents genuine?


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

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Church finds condom use against AIDS
Pope Francis admitted Monday the question as to whether the Church should allow the use of condoms in the fight against AIDS was a "complicated" one, but he said the world had bigger problems....
ONE member of staff died and 37 people were injured after a security drill at a Nairobi university was mistaken for a real attack, sparking scenes of panic...
An attack by Ugandan rebels in the restive east of the Democratic Republic of Congo has left at least 24 people dead, including a United Nations peacekeeper, the UN said Monday...
HIV drug stocks not reaching African patients: report
Efforts to get lifesaving antiretrovial drugs to HIV-positive patients in many sub-Saharan African countries are routinely failing at "the last mile", an international medical group said Monday....
Cecafa: Uganda through to semifinals
Farouk Miya strikes once again to help Uganda beat Malawi and qualify for the semifinals....
Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Vincent Kirabo as the new Bishop of Hoima Diocese....
Do you think Uganda is winning the fight against AIDS?
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter