PHOTO: Officials from Buganda Land Board and Housing Finance Bank, when BLB renewed their partnership with this bank to enable people living on Kabaka’s land to get land titles through the Lease Access Financing initiative
NEWS EDITOR MEDIA
BUGANDA Kingdom supreme leader, His Majesty Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II is one of the genuine wealthiest leaders in Uganda.
The Kabaka of Buganda, as an institution owns chunks of land and his subjects refer to him as ‘Land Lord’.
Kabaka set up Buganda Land Board (BLB), a professional body, to manage land and property returned under the Restitution of Assets and Properties Act of 1993.
Such property includes among others; The Bulange, The Lubiri at Mengo, The Butikkiro, The Buganda Court Building, Kabaka’s official 350 square miles of land, Namasole’s 10 square miles of land, Bannaalinnya’s Land, Kabaka’s lake, Former Omulamuzi and Omuwanika’s Official Residencies at Mengo, Land Adjacent to The Mengo Lubiri on which Buganda Ministrial Houses used to stand, all Bassekabaka’s Tombs, Buganda Works Building at Kakeeka, Basiima House and Nnaalinya’s House at Lubaga.
Furthermore, the assets under BLB mandate extend to include all those as outlined by the M.O.U between the President of Uganda and His Majesty the Kabaka. They include the former estates of Buganda Kingdom comprising:
● Land in urban centres or towns
● Land where former administration headquarters i.e Counties and Sub-counties were situated
● Land not claimed, utilized or occupied any lawful or bonified occupant.
● Land on Mityana Road (Jjeza Farm)
● Former Buganda Kingdom Markets
Buganda Land Board has branches and service centres in all the 18 of Buganda counties to offer effective service delivery to all it’s clients.
In today’s story, News Editor Media, an investigative and fastest growing news website brings you men and women running Buganda Land Board, who are they, what is their experience and qualifications to manage Kabaka’s land. Here is Part I of the story;
OMUK. SIMON MUWANGA KABOGOZA
He is the Chief Executive Officer (Ssenkulu) Buganda Land Board. He took over from Owek. David Kyewalabye Male. According to information from Buganda Land Board, Mr. Kabogoza Simon is a Social Scientist, holding a Masters Degree in Development Studies from the Uganda Martyrs University – Nkozi and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University, Kampala.
Omuk. Kabogoza has over 15 years experience in strategic communication and coordination of social change projects and 5 years experience in land management business.
Before elevation to CEO, Mr. Kabogoza was the Head Corporate Affairs/Deputy MD (Admin) at Buganda Land Board Ltd, a company mandated to manage Buganda Kingdom Land.
In that position, Mr. Kabogoza was responsible for upholding the Company’s image and overseeing the legal, community mobilization, Client management and the Communications unit of Buganda Land Board.
Before joining BLB, Omuk. Kabogoza worked with Communication for Development Foundation Uganda (CDFU) on several USAID – funded programs. He worked as the Behaviour Change Communication Advisor on the Northern Uganda – Health Integration to Enhance Health Services (NU-HITES) Program, AFFORD and strengthening TB & HIV – AIDS responses in East and Central Uganda (STAR-EC).
He has experience in coordinating projects, developing communication strategies, field research and community mobilization. He has written and presented abstracts in International HIV/Aids Conferences.
Previously, Mr. Kabogoza worked with the DISH Project for 4 years coordinating Behaviour Change activities at community level.
A very humble, down to earth and a man of very few words, Omuk. Kabogoza is a Board Member of several schools including Mugongo Senior Secondary School.
He is a Godly man who loves giving what he has to support Church activities. Recently, he attended fundraising for Mission House at Namirembe Cathedral and gave UGX 2M.
Mr. Kabogoza os the head of Laity at Mugongo Parish Church of Uganda. He is married with Children.
MRS. REBECCA MAGEZI BUKENYA
She is the Head Human Resource and Risk Management at Buganda Land Board (BLB).
Mrs. Bukenya holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of East London (UK) and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Ndejje University in 1999.
Before joining Buganda Land Board, she served as the Human Capital Manager-Systems at Pride Microfinance Limited (MDI) between 2009 and 2015 as well as human Resource and Administration Supervisor (2004-2009). She has been serving as Head Human Resource at Buganda Land Board since 2015.
Her mandate is to ensure that Buganda Land Board is adequately staffed with skilled and motivated employees to attain organisational goals.
MARTIN MUJABI KUTEESA
He is the Head Finance, Administration and Land Management Information Systems (LMIS) at Buganda Land Board.
Mr. Mujabi, a very calm man, holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (Accounts), a Degree in Commerce (Acounts) and UDBS (Accounts).
Before joining BLB, he worked as staff auditor in the accounts department of MFI OFFICE Solutions (U) Ltd in 2005 having earlier served as an account/administrator of Exmemo systems international limited in 2000 and Accounts Assistant in Tamp Engineering Services (2000).
At BLB, he formerly held the position of Finance Administration Manager and Accounts Assistant at the same organisation. He is an executive committee member of Buladde Financial Services.
BASHIR JUMA KIZITO
He Heads Corporate Affairs, Operations and Business Development at Buganda Land Board.
Mr. Kizito Bashir holds an Masters in Business Administration (UMI), Bsc Surveying (Makerere University) and a Diploma in Law from Law Development Centre, Kampala.
Before joining Buganda Land Board, Kizito Juma served in both Private and public sector.
He began his career with in 2003 with MBK Surveyors, a private survey firm dealing majorly in cadastre and Engineering Surveys in Central Uganda. He was later to join the Public service in 2008 serving as the district staff surveyor for Nakaseke district local government.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Surveyors of Uganda, and a registered Surveyor of Uganda.
A board member of Buganda Heritage and Tourism Board, Mr. Kizito Bashir is the current Head of the department of Operation and Business Development at Buganda Land Board. He is also the Chairman of the Management Credit Committee of Buladde Financial Services and the project manager of the Land Electronic Card project of BLB.
He joined Buganda Land Board in 2009 as a Chief surveyor. He waslater promoted to the position of Lease Manager (2010) before becoming the Head of Land Management Department in 2011, a position he held until 2016.
In 2017, he was appointed as the Head of Physical Planning, Survey and Research Department until his latest appointment.
The objective of this department is to effectively and efficiently run BLB branches in innovation and entrepreneurial ways to offer the highest possible output and realize a satisfied clientele, ensuring effective communication, having a satisfied clientele of Buganda Land Board, excellent corporate governance and land practice.
The mandate of this department is to ensure smooth operations of Buganda Land Board branches and taking care of Buganda business initiative, in charge of company media communications, client relations, public sensitization about land matters and the BLB processes, company brand ans legal oversight to the Company.
Mr. Bashir Juma Kizito is responsible for;
● Develop new products and services for the organisation
● Grow the portfolio of clients accessing credit from financial institutions to get lease titles (LAF)
● To grow the numbers of financial institutions extending credit to access leases from BLB
● To grow the loan portfolio, deposit base and membership of Buladde Buladde Financial services
● To increase the Organisation’s visibility as a reliable professional service provider to the public (even those on land other than that of Kabaka) in labs surveying, physical planning, valuation and land conveyancing services.
● Establishing relationships between BLB and it’s stakeholders in the promotion of security of tenure for tenants on Kabaka’s land.
● Efficiently and effectively run BLB branches and service centres
● Acquire and band dispose off vacant/good land to both local and foreign investors; Liason with Kabaka’s represtatives on land matters, linking clients and other departments, advise the board and management on all legal matters, handle and advise on matters
REHEMA NANVUMA WANDERA
She is the Head Physical Planning, Survey and Research at Buganda Land Board.
Mrs. Nanvuma Wandera holds an MBA, Bsc in Physical Planning and a diploma in Computer Science.
She joined BLB in 2008 as a Physical Planning Manager. She has since served as Physical Planning and Surveying Manager (2010 to 2015), Returned Estate Cordinator (2015-2016), Head Commercial Initiative (2016-2018) until her current post as Head of Physical Planning, Survey and Research. She has previously worked with UNDP.
Her office executes land surveys, valuations and research works of Buganda Land Board.
The core functions of Physical Planning, Survey and Research department Buganda Land Board are;
● To determine the shape, size, boundary and location of plots and process deed plans i.e Surveying.
● Design, establish and administration of a system that allows collection, storage, management and dissemination of department data.
● Analysing data after field work to write reports
● Assessment of value of property i.e land, buildings in urban and rural areas
● Planning of property as per the Physical Planning guidelines and standards.
● Acquisition and use of maps i.e satellite and aerial maps for land interpretation
● Consultation on all land matters
● Titling and land documentation for all land tenures
A lawyer by profession, Denis Bugaya is the Senior Manager Operations.
He is a student of Masters in Business Administration. Counsel Bugaya holds a Bachelors of Laws (LLB) degree from Makerere University and a certificate in computer Application.
Currently, the Legal Manager and Spokesperson of Buganda Land Board, Mr. Bugaya was an executive of the Inspector General of Government (Makerere Law Society) in 2007. He joined BLB as a Legal Assistant in 2009 before becoming a senior legal officer (2015 to 2016) and now sits on top management, Buganda Land Board as a Legal Manager, ex-officio. A born of Mawokota County, Counsel Bugaya is a very brilliant young man and pivotal in Buganda Land Board. He is approachable, incorruptible, compentent and media friendly.
Wait for another list in Part II of this story!
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