Bukalasa Land Office Resumes Issuing Titles

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Ivan Sserwambala, the Luweero District Senior Staff Surveyor says they forwarded the electronic seal to Kampala for repair in vain.

Bukalasa Land Office in Luweero has resumed issuing land title six months after the electronic seal broke down leaving applicants crying foul. The electronic seal was introduced by the Lands, Housing and Urban Development Ministry two years ago at land offices so as to stem the forgery of land titles.

However, in January, 2014, the Electronic seal used to authenticate land titles at Bukalasa Land Offices broke down due to power fluctuation affecting the issuance of titles to applicants from Nakaseke,Nakasongola and Luweero districts. Ivan Sserwambala, the Luweero District Senior Staff Surveyor says they forwarded the electronic seal to Kampala for repair in vain. He says as a result, the ministry dispatched the manual seal to enable the office resume work.
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 Surveyor, lawyers, brokers and applicants have welcomed the development. Erasto Kibirango, a lawyer with Wetaka, Kibirango and Company advocates says his firm was processing 17 land applications, when the machine broke down leaving their clients with nowhere to turn to for help.  Kibirango also notes that when the electronic seal was functional it was often made redundant by the power blackouts. He says the manual seal is the way to go given the limited resources and time.

 Ssempala Lubwama says he has embarked on redeveloping his land after finally securing the land title, which delayed due to the breakdown of the seal. Samuel Musisi, a surveyor says he has lost millions because people were no longer contracting him to survey their land as they had lost hope of securing land titles. Despite the fact that he is happy, Lubwama says the use of the manual seal slows down work.


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.