According to the Ministry, all Registry operations were frozen affecting over 394,000 land transactions. Despite the temporary closure several people are still flocking the offices hoping to get services. The closure threw the real estate industry in Wakiso district into a panic right from day one.
Several people are
still flocking the Ministerial Zonal Land Offices in Wakiso despite its
temporary closure. The Lands, Housing and Urban Developments Ministry closed
the offices on January 4th, 2020 to January 21st to give
room for the upgrade of the software used in the Land Information System-LIS.
According to the Ministry,
all Registry operations were frozen affecting over 394,000 land
transactions. Despite the temporary closure several people are still
flocking the offices hoping to get services. The closure threw the real estate
industry in Wakiso district into a panic right from day one.
On Friday last week, our reporter
saw several people armed with envelops patiently waiting in front of the door
leading to the offices. Although some of the clients were not aware of the
temporary closure, some clients told our reporter that they have turned up on
“Yes I have heard that they are going to close the offices
for some time but I have an appointment with one of the officers. I was told to
return today and am sure I will see them,” said one of the gentlemen seated on
a waiting bench. This afternoon, our reporter saw several people roaming
around the offices with some pleading with the security officer to grant them
Some of the clients ended up in the hands of brokers who have stage at
the lobby leading to the entrance of offices and exit gate leading to the
Gombolala playground to convince unsuspecting clients on how they can help them
process their transactions even when the office is closed.
Dennis Obbo, the Lands Ministry Spokesperson says since they
are splitting the offices into two, as earlier communicated, the staff are
working on the relocation plan as scheduled. He however, insists that the
offices are closed to the general public and advises those who are stuck to
Obbo explains that the system at Wakiso is completely shut
down and no transaction can take place. Apparently, only a public hearing can
be called by the registrar.
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is concerned that members of the public risk being conned should they fail to
adhere to the guidelines issued by the Ministry
as the case happened in Mukono.
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The Wakiso Ministerial
Zonal Land Office isn’t strange to fraud, corruption and other forms of
misconduct. It attracted investigations
by the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire Land Commission and Statehouse
Anti-corruption unit last year.
With a fast-growing population and rapidly growing real
estate business among other factors, the office handles close to one million