LAW IN OFFING TO DISBAND KDLB

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    LAW IN OFFING TO DISBAND KDLB

    By Robert Mwanje (email the author) Posted Monday, June 11 2012 at 00:00
    IN SUMMARY
    Land scam? Other officials are sceptical that the move could be aimed at grabbing land in the city.
    A new law has been drafted to dissolve Kampala District Land Board (KDLB), create a new land office under Kampala Capital City Authority and hand over all land in the city to the Executive Director.
    The meetings held by officials from Lands, Justice and Local Government ministries, the Solicitor General and KCCA agreed that the Minister in-charge of the city tables for approval the Kampala Capital City (Modification of the Land Act in its application to KCCA) Instrument, 2012 before Cabinet.
    Whereas the Constitution (2005) stipulates: “Parliament shall prescribe the membership, procedure and terms of service of a district land board,” the statutory instrument wants a new board named Kampala Capital City Land Board solely controlled by KCCA and the Lands ministry.
    According to the new draft, the executive director enjoys supreme powers as the new board members will be vetted by the same office and the board is required to report to the authority through ED’s office.
    “All members of Kampala Capital City Land Board shall be appointed by the minister responsible for land on the recommendation of the Executive Director and with the approval of the authority,” the draft reads.
    The draft law also adds: “The new land office shall cater for all land within Kampala, including that held under private mailo, Kabaka of Buganda, Uganda Land Commission, Kampala Archdiocese plus some other land as shall be identified from time to time.”
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    KCCA Assistant Director Charles Ouma, who attended the meeting, confirmed the development, saying the changes aim at improving land management in the city.
    He said: “We have sent a draft to the minister and upon its approval and publication by the Uganda gazette, it will become operational.”
    Land-grabbing scheme?
    However, KDLB chairperson Yusuf Nsibambi described the new approach as a clear manifestation to grab public land. He accused government of using different offices to frustrate their operations and called upon Ugandans to remain vigilant while protecting their land.
    “There is a clear agenda to grab land in Kampala, but we shall not accept that. We know what the law says and whatever they are doing is a mere waste of time,” Mr Nsibambi said, adding: “We are soon acquiring an independent office and our operations will continue”.
    District land boards, according to the Constitution, are supposed to “hold and allocate land in the district which is not owned by any person or authority, facilitate the registration and transfer of interests in land and deal with all matters connected with land in the district in accordance with laws made by Parliament”.
    rmwanje@ug.nationmedia.com

    Acting Solicitor General Harriet Lwabi and Kampala Minister Muruli-Mukasa

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