A study by a technical working group set up by the Uganda Law Reform Commission [ULRC] has found that the public has lost trust in the value given by the Chief Government Valuer [CGV].
The group found in the study that the public considers the CGV not to be independent and mostly working against the interests of the people.
The Chief Government valuer is mandated to carry out valuations for on behalf of the government or as may be required by the law.
The study shows however, that lack of independence and integrity in the office of the CGV, has greatly affected the valuation processes especially in matters relating to property acquisition by government.
“Due to lack of independence, the public now assumes that the office of CGV, favors Government and valuations made by the office are rather imposed than reflecting proper valuations standards,’’ the report reads in part.
Addressing a regional consultative meeting with local leaders and valuers from Northern Uganda recently, Mr. Kenneth Rutaremwa, a senior legal officer with ULRC noted that, as a result, many disputes have arisen from valuations given by the office of the CGV.
Mr. Rutaremwa says the study was guided by the principle of improving the quality of valuation practices, enhancing the transparency and reliability of valuation processes among others.
Francis Barabanawe, the Gulu Municipal Town clerk in his remarks said the proposal to amend laws regarding Valuation in Uganda is very important as it will help people who want to sell their Land and other property to get the right compensation.
Uganda Law Reform Commission says it will input all the recommendations from various land and property stakeholders across the country and there will be workshops to share findings of the study and build consensus among implementers, regulators and users in the valuation functions.