Jinja District Zonal Surveyor Fired

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Jinja district Chief Administrative Officer CAO Olive Nakyanzi says Ndegeya was cited by the Office of the Inspector General of Government IGG for failing to correct a boundary description in a land allocation to an investor Patel Magan, acting on behalf of M/S Nile Agro Industries Limited.

Stephen Ndegeya, the acting zonal surveyor for the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in Jinja has been ejected from office for negligence.

Jinja district Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Olive Nakyanzi says Ndegeya was cited by the Office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG) for failing to correct a boundary description in a land allocation to an investor Patel Magan, acting on behalf of M/S Nile Agro Industries Limited.

The report says that Ndegeya allocated 20.33 hectares of land to Magan Patel instead of 18.87 hectares. The IGG says that such an error was out of negligence.

The excess of the land allocated to the buyer encroached on more than 100 meters into a gazetted wetland, part of a railway reserve and three roads; Industrial Estate road, Industrial estate lane and Kigenyi Naluwairo Road all in Walukuba/ Masese division, Jinja municipality.

The Deputy IGG Mariam Wangadya, in her report to the Registrar of Titles, tasked the Jinja District Service Commission to take appropriate action against Stephen Ndegeya.  She also advised the Registrar of Titles to recall the certificate issued to M/s Nile Agro Industries Limited for correction.

Jinja Principal Environment Officer Ernest Nabihamba says all wetlands must be free of encroachment unless one applies for a wetland user permit from National Environment Management Agency (NEMA).

Nakyanzi says that Ndegeya was asked to leave office indefinitely by the district service commission in implementation of the IG directive.

Dennis Obbo, an official in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development says that the Land Certificate issued to M/s Nile Agro Industries limited has also been recalled.