There are a good number of laws in regard to and in particular to land use, human settlements, building structure placement, water, drainage, railway lines, road reserves etc, every permanent building structure by law must be connected to a sewer infrastructure. In other words KCCA will tell you were to place your sock pit – (sceptic tank).
Full application of these laws will make all and every single town in Uganda look like any America, European or a modern Asian city!
Now, in urban centres, it is KCCA that has to give a right to discharge of waste water. The water act for example does not allow discharge of waster water in fresh water streams, river or lake. The same applies to drainage or storm water.
In the electricity act for example, there must be 25 meters reserve that makes 50 meters diameter from High Voltage power lines.
The above applies to railway lines and road reserves. I remember it is a similar law that applies to sewer pipes. People have built in these reserves.
The water act is also supported with NEMA. That you can’t build less than 50 meters from a stream and 100 meters from a major river or lake.
The question therefore is how come that all the above laws could be violated by KCC management and technical team, Physical planning board, the Land Commission, and Kampala Land Board?
In order for the above laws to be render redundant at least the physical planning board must sit and decide on the fate of the said land development i.e. change use.
Did the physical planning board sit in regard to placement of garden city, nakumatt, demolition of shimon etc?!!!
Lawlessness rein and so is the misery in our towns and cities. Otherwise plan the towns and cities and make sure you follow the law – Uganda will be up there -light years away in the sky.
Former Kampala Mayor Ssebaana Kizito has categorically and repeatedly said, Kampala City Land was sold legally. I do also agree with him.
However, he should make clear this position lest people misunderstand him.
I’m also hopeful this too, is a position that could be supported by his predecessor Christopher Iga, Hajji Ntege Nasser Ssebagala and their respective Town clerks.
What Former Mayor Ssebaana Kizito is saying might mean:
1.That land adjacent to Uganda railway lines i.e. land at Lugogo rugby grounds and other types of land in a with similar infrastructure was sold with the consent of the defunct Kampala City council (KCC), Uganda railways the legal owner, the Uganda land Commission and indeed with the consent of the department for Physical Planning Board in the Ministry of lands, that consented to change of use!
2.That land under High Voltage Power lines through Mulago – Bukoto axis was sold with the consent of Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited, Umeme, Uganda Transmission Company Limited, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), and Uganda Land Commission under Mr. Mayanja Nkangi.
3.That Land which is adjacent to sewer lines and water pipers i.e. the one that pass through the Old Taxi Park, the Golf Course and Bunga where sold with the consent of National Water and Sewerage Corporation, NEMA and of course the department of Physical Planning Board in the ministry of lands, which consent to change of use and also the Land Commission under Mayanja Nkagi to whom land must revert and then reallocated.
4.That land along Lugogo bypass with multiple play grounds that have since been sold to developers, KCC mayors and their town clerks and council consented, that such land be sold with the consent of the Ministry of Education (should have had interest), that of Gender and Youth (should have had interest as Nakawa – Naguru residence and youth), National Council for Sports legal owners and through such consent, NEMA, National Road Authority, together with the department of Physical Planning Board in the Ministry of Lands, also consented to change of use and also Land Commission under Mayanja Nkagi to whom land must revert and then reallocated also consented!
5. That roads for example a road in Bugolobi which was built over, road islands and reserves i.e. those which had UMEME, former Uganda Telecommunication (Uganda Telecom Limited) and NWSC facilities, that all responsible organs of the state and agencies agreed to change of use, as provided for by the law and that indeed Uganda Land commission agreed to such change with the help of the department of Physical Planning Board in the Ministry of Lands.
6. That land adjacent to river streams contrary to NEMA rules and regulation was sold off with the consent of NEMA, NWSC and that indeed Uganda Land commission agreed to such change with the help of department of Physical Planning Board in the ministry of lands.
A similar scenario as in the above cases will apply, I will presume to placement or relocation of;
i. Shimon PTC and Primary School
ii. Allocation of Kololo high school land
iii. Garden City placement on Golf course
iv. Placement of Nakumatt a super market in a wetland and on a busy road side
v. Relocation of UBC land for Hilton hotel
vi. Displacement of part Nakivubo primary school
vii. Allocation of Nakivubo stadium to vendors and car parks