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Luweero Town Stuck With Idle Plots of Land

Mukungu says that the town clerk has written to three landlords asking them to clear the bushes or develop the idle plots after getting complaints they are harbouring criminals at night

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Luweero town council is stuck with idle plots and incomplete buildings which have posed a threat to residents in the neighborhood.

The physical planning act 2010 gives power to town councils to undertake steps to ensure that growth and development of urban areas is planned in an orderly manner.

But in Luweero town council planning and development has been hindered by landlords who have failed to develop plots and complete buildings.

Some idle plots and unfinished buildings are located within town center, Lumu, Kalongomiti ,Kavule, Kizito zones and along Kampala – Gulu highway.  Some areas are bushy and turned into grazing grounds whereas garbage dumping sites.

Paul Mukungu, the LC 3 Chairman of Luweero town council says that some plots are now pose a security threat to its neighbours.

He  revealed that the town clerk has written to some landlords asking them to clear the bushes or develop the idle plots after getting complaints that they are harbouring criminals at night

Mukungu added that the town council passed a bylaw allowing town councils to impose tax on idle plots but they are slow on implementing it

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Professor Kiddu Makubuya,  the former Attorney General of Uganda is a known care taker of one and half idle acre of land adjacent to Luweero town council offices

When reached for comment, Makubuya instead denied the piece of land and tasked the reporter to present documents linking him to the land.

Another landlord Dan Nsubuga who owns a piece of land near the proposed Church of Uganda pension house also declined to comment on the matter.

Luweero Anglican Diocese is another Institution with big chunk of the idle land.

It has however asked Associations within the church to express interest in developing some of its idle plots. The plots will be developed in partnership with the church.

Kisekka Ssaka, the LC 1 chairman of Lumu zone says that some landlords are old and poor to develop the plots whereas others have multiple investments at hand to complete.

Kisekka adds other plots of land have disputes and the unfinished buildings were abandoned after owners run out of money

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Moses Luyinda Kalaso, a resident of Galuweero zone says that some plots are impassable at night and others harbours snakes which may soon bite people residing near them.

Byaruhanga Mworozi, the Luweero District Police Commander says that the idle plots and incomplete buildings have made night patrols difficult since criminals hide there.

Byaruhanga adds that they have recovered stolen property from there and arrested thugs from there in past. He has asked town council to come up with bylaws to encourage landlords to develop or clear them daily.

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