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KCCA gives Nakawa property owners ultimatum

By Juliet Waiswa

Added 12th April 2018 02:40 PM

KCCA will fix the rates on these properties if they (owners) do not come up to defend their properties. KCCA has completed valuation of properties in Nakawa Division where data on over 62,000 properties up from 27,000 properties has been collected.

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Director Public and Corporate Affairs KCCA, Peter Kaujju says KCCA has begun sensitizing the political leadership and residents on property valuation exercise. Photo/File

KCCA will fix the rates on these properties if they (owners) do not come up to defend their properties. KCCA has completed valuation of properties in Nakawa Division where data on over 62,000 properties up from 27,000 properties has been collected.

 

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has given property owners in Nakawa division up to April 18, to come and verify with the authority the value set on their properties.

KCCA will fix the rates on these properties if they (owners) do not come up to defend their properties. KCCA has completed valuation of properties in Nakawa Division where data on over 62,000 properties up from 27,000 properties has been collected.

According to the Supervisor Training and Public Awareness, Daniel Nuwabine, KCCA expects sh15bn from the Nakawa list after the assessment. He says that a draft valuation list has been produced at the Nakawa Division office and KCCA head office for the public to view the list.

He says that property owners have been given the opportunity to make scrutiny of their properties so as to appreciate, make correction to details, properties and object where need be on the property valuation details.

Nuwabine explains that KCCA valuation court shall receive all logged objections upon which dates for hearings before the valuation court will be set up for the residents to give reason as to why they have been given that value. 

He says that where a property owner is not satisfied with the decision of the court, he/she shall have the right of appeal to the High court whose decision shall be final.

The director Public and Corporate Affairs KCCA, Peter Kaujju says, “With the experience acquired and the potential for local revenue from property rates in the City, KCCA has begun engaging and sensitizing the political leadership and residents ahead of the commencement of a combined valuation exercise in the divisions of Makindye, Lubaga and Kawempe.”

Kaujju says that this shall foster new, high value and better administered valuation lists for the rating areas in the city.

Currently, property rates account for only 18% of the Local Revenue collections (sh120B).

According to KCCA, after the property valuation exercise, it is anticipated that the contribution shall raise to 40% of local revenue.

Nuwabine said that once all property rates are collected city dwellers are expected to have better services delivery.

However, some business owners that the New Vision spoke to said that they are not aware of the process that KCCA took.

Although KCCA says that services will be made better, the Nakawa II Councilor Mugisha Okwera says that services in Nakawa division have not been done eventually, adding that some roads in Mbuya II have not been worked on.

He cited one Robert Mugabe road in Mbuya II, which has been budgeted for the last five years but has since not been reconstructed.

Background

In January 2015, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), starting with Central Division embarked on a valuation exercise in fulfillment of the periodic statutory requirement under The Local Government (Rating) Act 2005.

Data collection for property valuation entails; property inspection, taking building measurements and photographs, picking GPS coordinates and other data pertaining to the ownership of the property all to be used to ascertain property rates payable by eligible property owners.

This exercise has been concurrently done with City Addressing which involves assigning house numbers to buildings, facilitating road naming and installation of road signs.

 

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