Town Council Authorities Fail to Enforce Physical Planning Policy

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David Mugume, a resident of Rubona trading center more than three illegal structures have cropped up in the town council in the past two years but the authorities have turned a blind eye. Mugume says the town council has failed to demolish the buildings despite the expiry of the deadline issued to the land lords.

Town council authorities in Kabarole district are on the spot for failing to enforce the physical planning policy, which has given rise to illegal structures. In 2013, town councils in the district passed the physical planning policy to regulate developments under their authority.
 
According to the guidelines, persons intending to build must have a land title, surveyed land; a plan approved by the town council physical planner and lay out of their land approved by the chief planner.  However, the policy is being abused, which has given rise to unplanned developments. 



Several buildings have cropped up  in Kiko, Rubona, Kibito and Rwimi town councils without approved plans. Some of the illegal structures including residential, commercial buildings and shops have been constructed on road reserves and wetlands. David Mugume, a resident of Rubona trading center more than three illegal structures have cropped up in the town council in the past two years but the authorities have turned a blind eye.

 
Mugume says the town council has failed to demolish the buildings despite the expiry of the deadline issued to the land lords. Vincent Mujuni, a resident of Kiko town council, says the owners of the structures have deliberately ignored directives from the town council authorities not to construct in the road reserve.


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Boniface Muhereza, the Kiko town council physical planner blames residents for frustrating implementation of the physical planning. Muhereza claims that the residents often clash with the authorities as they try to open accessible roads or demolish illegal structures.


He however, says they have tasked the council technical committee to investigate and take appropriate measures against defiant landlords. According to Section 33 of the Physical Planning act 2010, a person shall not carry out development within the municipality or town council without obtaining development permission from the physical planning committee and whoever does not comply with section, will be fined a fine not exceeding 48 currency points or will be imprisoned for two years or both.
 
The acts also creates a National Physical Planning Board that will advise government on all matters related to physical planning at national, regional, district, urban and sub-county level. 
 

 

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Emmanuel Kajubu
Emmanuel Kajubu is proud to have been the first Ugandan journalist to write in depth pieces about the Tooro Kingdom institution. His knowledge of the inner workings of the Tooro Kingdom is what made him privy to the splits in the royal family. These splits almost challenged Tooro Omukama Oyo Nyimba Iguru's reign.

Culture, agriculture and the environment are just two areas of many of interest to Kajubu. As long as he has held a pen, Kajubu has also written about public policy, health and crime.

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