Jinja District Finally Appoints Land Board

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According to Majid Batambuze, the Jinja Municipality Mayor, the board comes at a time when much of the public land is under contention. Some of this land include Rippon Falls Hotel which is has two land titles, Busoga square and Walukuba Estate Primary School land.

Jinja district authorities have finally appointed a board after two years.
The board was unveiled on Friday evening during a special council seating.

Jinja district land board have had a history of mismanagement of land issues leading to the district spending some time without one.

In May 2010, the Inspector General of Government halted any land transactions in Jinja after members of the district land board were implicated for corruption and abuse of office. Another board was instituted in November 2010 and its five year tenure expired in 2015. Since then, another board that was instituted did not even assume office after its members were rejected by a group of councillors prompting court to halt its activities. Since then, the district has been operating without a land board.

The  new board appointed  will be chaired by Innocent Ndiko Ngobi, a lawyer with Ndiko Ngobi and Co. Advocates in Kampala. Other members on the board include; David Kakaire, Hassan Muhammed, Harriet Mirembe, James Mukembo, Museme Isabirye and a representative of the municipality yet to be nominated by the municipality council.

According to Majid Batambuze, the Jinja Municipality Mayor, the board comes at a time when much of the public land is under contention. Some of this land include  Rippon Falls Hotel which has two land titles, Busoga square and Walukuba Estate Primary School land.

"During this time when we have not been having a land board, fake land titles have been issued. Much of the public land is now under contention. The new board has a lot of work to do. And we hope that this team will execute its work with integrity to a void mismanagement of land matters like it has been in the past," he said.

Molson Bizitu, the speaker of Jinja Municipality asked the new board members to avoid being corrupted and bribed. The new board will start working after the swearing in ceremony on February 24th.

 

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Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).