Godfrey Kisseka, the town clerk of Mubende Municipality, says that most violators of the current physical development plans are powerful and well connected; saying that fighting them requires political support from the president.
Town clerks from the different
municipalities and cities across the country are blaming the interference of powerful
politicians for hindering the implementation of approved city and municipal
physical development plans.
Speaking at the closure of their two-day dialogue with officials from the
National Building Review Board-NBRB and the National physical planning
Board-NPPB in Jinja City on Saturday, the town clerks said some politicians
illegally construct structures in restricted areas despite attempts to deter
Godfrey Kisseka, the town clerk of Mubende Municipality, says that most violators
of the current physical development plans are powerful and well connected;
saying that fighting them requires political support from the president.
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Christopher Kaweesa, the Clerk Arua City says that some politicians
connive with a few elements attached to other parastatals who illegally approve
their projects contrary to the available physical development plans.
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Innocent Ahimbisibwe, the Fort portal city clerk says that some developers are
backed by politicians, who are overtime protected by the security officer to
construct pump stations in ungazetted areas.
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Vincent Okurut, the town clerk of Busia municipality says that effective
adherence to the set physical development plans warrants the visible presence
of NBRB and NPPB in the enforcement against illegal developers. He, however,
says that if they leave such tasks under the control of local authorities, illegal
constructions will continue thriving in the country.
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However, NBRB’s head of enforcement, Geoffrey Kahebwa says that they are
committed to effectively boost operations against illegal structures so long as
municipal and city authorities file their complaints enlisting the gravity of
support required at that opportune time.