Unauthorized agents and land brokers have been banned by the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development from conducting any business at Land Registries across the country.
The ban was announced by Dr. Sam Mayanja, the State Minister for Lands, who says that government cannot allow commercial land vendors and hawkers near land registries and National Land Information Centers as they have the capacity to steal and profit from accessing registered and secured data or even to sabotage the nation.
He issued the directive while reopening the Wakiso Ministry Lands Zonal Offices in Wakiso District on Wednesday.
The Minister took an administrative decision to temporally close the Wakiso Ministerial Zonal Offices – MZ, on September 29.
the minister, says that with the new directive, only landowners shall be allowed to transact at land registries and where a landowner is unable to personally appear at any given MZO, he or she may engage the services of legally authorized professionals to lodge documents on their behalf.
He identified the authorized agents registered by their respective professional and regulatory bodies such as advocates, registered physical planners, registered surveyors, registered architects and appointed Bank officers.
Dr. Mayanja added that the agents shall carry copies of their respective valid National Identify cards and practicing certificates for purposes of identification, adding that the measures are designed to link every transaction to the originator.
He noted that the Wakiso Land office had been abused and everybody had an agent.
He introduced a team of workers and directed them to clear the backlog within 30 days and eliminate manual entries of titles within the same period.