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Buvuma Authorities Fault Mukono Land Board for Illegal Transactions

The Buvuma District Principal Administrative Secretary-PAS, Ismael Kabonge, says they asked Mukono District Land to refer all land transactions in Buvuma to their board and area land committees. He however, says to their surprise Mukono District Land Board has continued handling land matters in Buvuma district without consulting them.

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Buvuma District authorities are up in arms against Mukono District land board officials for illegally handling land matters under their jurisdiction.  

According to Buvuma district authorities, when the district was curved out of Mukono in 2010, it took them five years to institute area land committees and Land Board. 

They according wrote to Mukono district Land Board to stop handling land matters in Buvuma district after constituting their own board. 

The Buvuma District Principal Administrative Secretary-PAS, Ismael Kabonge, says they asked Mukono District Land to refer all land transactions in Buvuma to their board and area land committees. 

He however, says to their surprise Mukono District Land Board has continued handling land matters in Buvuma district without consulting them.            

Kabonge says they have already written to Mukono Chief Administrative Officer, Resident District Commissioner and the Lands department for a meeting to iron out the matter.   

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Gladys Nalunkuuma, the Head of Buvuma District Natural Resources Department notes that apart from losing fees related to land transactions, cases of fraud have also started emerging following the introduction of Oil Palm Growing. 

She appeals to Mukono Zonal Lands Office to reject documents processed from Buvuma without the official stamp from the Buvuma lands office to avoid future frauds.    

 

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Although the Mukono District lands Board Chairperson, Jackson Turinamatsiko declined to speak about the matter; the Mukono Principal Administrative Secretary-PAS, Robert Mugerwa confirmed receiving complaints from Buvuma authorities about the illegal land transactions.   

“It seems there is a problem but good enough Buvuma requested for a meeting on the same matter again and we are ready listen to them and find out what is going wrong,” Mugerwa said.     

Adding that, “This has been a challenge from all districts carved from Mukono and therefore hard for him to dispute that it doesn’t happen.” 

Buvuma residents are concerned about the absence of an independent Lands office to store vital documents. Given the limited space available Buvuma Land officials share office space with their colleagues in in the natural resources department. 

 

Amos Ddumba, a resident in Buvuma town council, says district officials are only concerned about money and not the safety of their documents.  

“Before fighting for positions and who should be in charge let them convince us that they can manage our documents by setting up a lands department where we can find them other than looking for them using phones,” he said.   

Kabonge explains that they are constrained with resources to set up a permanent structure for the lands department but they are determined to complete the district headquarters block to ensure safe custody of land titles and related documents. 

He explains that they agreed with Mukono to assist them with storage and have always explained the procedure to the clients who have visited the lands office.