This will tackle Kampala’s pressing land issues
Stakeholders in Kampala have joined forces to establish a dedicated Land Management Think Tank for the city, aimed at addressing its pressing land management challenges.
Organized by the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) under the theme “Challenges and Opportunities for Kampala Urban Renewal,” the event drew key figures and experts in the field.
Dorothy Kisaka, Executive Director of KCCA, presented the innovative proposal, highlighting the pivotal role of land in Kampala’s development and future prosperity. She stressed the urgency of effectively managing this valuable asset, not only for the present generation but for generations to come.
“The primary objective we aim to achieve is the establishment of the Land Management Think Tank. This think tank will guide us into the future, not just for our lifetimes but for our grandchildren and beyond,” Kisaka affirmed.
The proposed think tank will function as a collaborative platform for experts and stakeholders to craft policies and strategies that encourage responsible land use. It will also address critical issues such as preventing illegal land acquisitions and safeguarding crucial areas including wetlands, schools, and healthcare facilities.
Kabuye Kyofatogabye, the State Minister for Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs, underscored the inseparable link between land and the creation of a livable city.
“Land is fundamental for infrastructure development, road networks, urban forests, and recreational parks. It is important to preserve land for educational institutions and promote vertical construction to protect agricultural land,” Kyofatogabye asserted.
Henry Musasizi, the Minister of State for General Duties, raised important questions about land availability for expansion and recreational purposes, as well as their financial implications. He astutely pointed out that free land is no longer available, highlighting the need for careful planning and management.
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago emphasized the necessity of protecting all public land entrusted to the government and voiced concerns about land distribution.
“There is a challenge with land in schools, as land entrusted to the Uganda Land Commission is being leased to individuals. Institutions should operate with the highest level of trust, and leases should not be permitted in wetlands, schools, or health facilities,” Lukwago stressed.
The establishment of a Land Management Think Tank marks a significant stride towards addressing Kampala’s land-related challenges and securing a brighter future for the city.