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According to the Ministry, all Registry operations were frozen affecting over 394,000 land transactions. Despite the temporary closure several people are still flocking the offices hoping to get services. The closure threw the real estate industry in Wakiso district into a panic right from day one.
Several clients moving around MZO offices at Wakiso district headquarters, some are seen reviewing certificates of title with their colleagues.

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Several people are still flocking the Ministerial Zonal Land Offices in Wakiso despite its temporary closure. The Lands, Housing and Urban Developments Ministry closed the offices on January 4th, 2020 to January 21st to give room for the upgrade of the software used in the Land Information System-LIS.  

According to the Ministry, all Registry operations were frozen affecting over 394,000 land transactions. Despite the temporary closure several people are still flocking the offices hoping to get services. The closure threw the real estate industry in Wakiso district into a panic right from day one.    

On Friday last week, our reporter saw several people armed with envelops patiently waiting in front of the door leading to the offices. Although some of the clients were not aware of the temporary closure, some clients told our reporter that they have turned up on ‘appointment’.      

“Yes I have heard that they are going to close the offices for some time but I have an appointment with one of the officers. I was told to return today and am sure I will see them,” said one of the gentlemen seated on a waiting bench. This afternoon, our reporter saw several people roaming around the offices with some pleading with the security officer to grant them access. 

Some of the clients ended up in the hands of brokers who have stage at the lobby leading to the entrance of offices and exit gate leading to the Gombolala playground to convince unsuspecting clients on how they can help them process their transactions even when the office is closed.        

Dennis Obbo, the Lands Ministry Spokesperson says since they are splitting the offices into two, as earlier communicated, the staff are working on the relocation plan as scheduled. He however, insists that the offices are closed to the general public and advises those who are stuck to return home.

Obbo explains that the system at Wakiso is completely shut down and no transaction can take place. Apparently, only a public hearing can be called by the registrar.        

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Cue out…transaction documents,”//     

     

Obbo is concerned that members of the public risk being conned should they fail to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Ministry as the case happened in Mukono.

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Cue out…until twenty-first.”//       

The Wakiso Ministerial Zonal Land Office isn’t strange to fraud, corruption and other forms of misconduct.  It attracted investigations by the Justice Catherine Bamugemereire Land Commission and Statehouse Anti-corruption unit last year.     

With a fast-growing population and rapidly growing real estate business among other factors, the office handles close to one million transactions annually.