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Why Jinja City Land Board wants zonal office to stop leasing transactions

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JINJA

The Jinja City Land board has ordered the Jinja Land Ministry Zonal Office (MZO) to stop all transactions within the city.

The move, according to the board, is aimed at paving the way for an audit after it registered numerous complaints related to double allocations and erroneous transactions, among other vices.

Land board chairman Jamiru Mukama Sanyu made the call during the board’s first press conference since its approval. The briefing took place in the Mayor’s Gardens of Jinja Town Hall on Tuesday 21 May 2024.

During the briefing, Mukama was accompanied by board members: lawyer Alex Luganda, who is also Busoga Kingdom constitutional affairs minister; Barbra Munyaruguru, long-serving teacher at Jinja Progressive Academy (JIPRA), Mohammed Katuntubiru, Emmanuel Kamugisha and Abubaker Kirunda, secretary of the board. Two members were absent.

“We had a meeting with the Zonal Offices of the Ministry and have since directed that they (MZO) not process any transaction related to leases within Jinja City, whether dated 1998 or 1999, as long as it is pending ”Mukama said.

“This is to curb the vice of going back on minutes and falsifying minutes by people posing as members of the Jinja town land board and one of the issues that arise in court and complaints that have been raised with us administratively, they include a parcel of owned land. by about six people, all supposedly with titles,” he added.

According to him, the measure also aims to eliminate people who falsify minutes and carry out operations parallel to their legal operations as the city land board. “As MZO, you will not deal with any land related to the lease until we carry out carried out a proper audit system of what has been happening for three years before the city land board was instituted to curb the illegalities that have been occurring and reduce the burden on the Jinja taxpayer of being exposed to costs in the courts in case the owner begins to lose cases derived from double assignments, among other vices,” highlighted Mukama.

The board member said there are more than 100 civil lawsuits arising from operations over the district’s defunct land board and that some of the lawsuits are ongoing and that they have recorded more than 20 complaints from attorneys and individuals arising from the operations. from the land board posing as a city land board.

Ghost and absentee landlords are to blame

Mukama blamed ghost and absentee landlords for the stagnation of the city’s development, particularly those who obtained leases on strategic areas and failed to develop them.

According to Alex, landowners who do not comply with the terms and conditions of those leases to develop their land will have their leases revoked and reassigned to people who are willing to develop the land.

Luganda added that they learned that there are people with property titles that they acquired in the last three years, from people who were assumed to be members of the city land board. However, according to him, since 2021 there was no City land meeting until February 15, 2024.

“So this is a call to the public that anyone who has obtained a title within that period of time, it is important that they go to the city land board to double check if we have any information about the title that they received because It is important: you may have a useless piece of paper in a safe and keep it there when you call it a land title,” Luganda said.

He added that the municipal land board will conduct barazas in Budondo, Mpumudde, Masese, Bugembe and Wanyange, among others, to sensitize the public on its mandate.

Jinja City Land Board Background

The city’s land board was formed on February 15, 2024 and was sworn in on March 7, 2024 in a ceremony held at City Hall.

Under the Uganda Land Act (1998), land boards are responsible for owning and allocating land in districts and cities.

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