BY UGANDA VANGUARD
MUNYONYO – Association of Real Estate Agents, (AREA) Uganda has petitioned government to create an enabling environment in the housing sector to reduce on the over 2 million houses deficit in the country. According to AREA Uganda, President, Shirley Kongai, the association can produce 1,000,000 houses by 2030 if supported by government.
“Working together, encourages collective infrastructural development. Government must guarantee roads, water, electricity and sewage. Take out cowboys, enforce planning regulations and combat nuisance,” read part of the demand notes.
Provide statistical databases, make all processes of land transfer, registration and more clearly, further reads the petition Ms Kongai presented to State Minister for Housing Dr Chris Bayromunsi during the 7th Uganda Real Estates Conference & Expo 2019 at Speke Resort Munyonyo Wednesday November 20th, 2019.
She also called for digitization of land registry to reduce human error, long term planning and communicate the plans properly.
AREA Uganda also recommended for creation for a Housing Authority, set up Real Estate Licensing and Registration Board, Real Estate Agents and Management Law.
The association wants AREA-Uganda agents and managers recognized.
“Vet and profile registered members so that bad apples stand no chance in the basket. Create an identification mechanism so that we increase sector transparency and curb fraud. Collect real estate information to facilitate research and ultimately achieve sector growth,” it further reads. “Build capacities within the sector so as to increase professionalism. And bring innovations, register agents and practitioners in collaboration with other umbrella associations so as to increase ethical practices and build a database of practitioners.”
The association also wants the market supervised to make the sector more attractive.
Bayromunsi pledged government commitment to develop the housing sector.
“Cabinet has already taken a decision to repose National Housing and construction Corporation (NHCC) from Libyans to embark on massive construction of low cost housing. We shall ensure that the private sector gets all the support it deserves,” he added.
Mr Pradip Karia, chairman, Property Services Ltd, advised government to provide incentives to investors venturing in low cost housing.
He however warned government against providing free houses to the poor saying it is not cost effective.