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Physical Planners, Land Officers Lack Equipment to Survey Government Land in Ankole

The Physical Planners says they spend between 200,000 and 500,000 to hire private surveyors to locate coordinates for government land to get titles which is a requirement by the Zonal physical planning office.
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Physical Planners and Land Management officers in Districts of Ankole sub region have decried the lack of equipment to use in surveying and locating coordinates for titling government land.

They say this has complicated the protection of government land from theft and encroachment.

They say on top of lacking equipment they are faced with other challenges that include lack of transport, little budget allocations.

Some of the equipment used include Global Satelite machine (GSI), Global Position equipment (GPS) Real kinetic Machine (RTK).

Jonah Tumuhimbise the Mbarara Zonal Senior Physical Planner - Ministry of lands says  the main challenge faced by all physical planners and land management officers in greater Mbarara districts is a lack of equipment.

She says this equipment helps locate coordinates before approving a plan and titling of land noting that some reports brought in by physical planners are in wetlands.

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Tumuhimbise says this has affected the proper planning of urban districts and increased the encroachment on wetlands found in urban centres.

Babrah Komujuni Senior Land Management Officer Sheema district says most government land is encroached on because they lack the equipment to survey and mark the boundaries of these lands.

She says they lack equipment like Computers, Global Position equipment (GPS) and Real Kinetic Machines (RTK).

Komujuni says they spend a lot of money hiring private surveyors who are expensive compared to the budget allocations to the natural resources department. 

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Fionah Ndimbirwe the District Physical Planner Sheema says all Physical planning districts face the same challenge of lack of transport to coordinate fieldwork at sub-counties.

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Emmanuel Kaganzi, the Commissioner Physical Planning Ministry of Urban Development says since the decentralization of services, districts should prioritize equipping their offices noting that the machines don’t cost more than 2 million shillings.

He says Physical planners and land Management officers should not blame the lack of equipment for the theft of government lands but promised the ministry will equip them.

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Government reportedly loses 100,000 acres of land to grabbers and encroaches on wetlands every month.

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