UGANDA, Kampala | Real Muloodi News | The Institution of Surveyors of Uganda (ISU) has raised concerns about the increasing number of quack surveyors operating in the country, linking their existence to delayed law reforms.
Alozius Gonza, the president of the institution, emphasised that the current Surveyors Act of 1934 is outdated and fails to address critical issues affecting surveyors, particularly in the digital age.
This lack of updated legislation has created loopholes that allow fake surveyors to take advantage of unsuspecting individuals.
Gonza pointed out that the Surveyors Act of 1934 does not adequately address digital transformation gaps that have emerged in recent years.
With advancements in technology, surveyors can now utilise tools such as smartphones to obtain accurate coordinates and drones for aerial surveys.
However, these modern methods are not accounted for in the current law, leading to challenges in incorporating them into surveying practices.
The absence of a legal framework for quality control in survey data and the identification of qualified personnel has further exacerbated the problem.
The ISU is actively engaging with the government to advocate for the amendment of the outdated Survey Act of 1934.
Additionally, they are working on formulating the Valuation Bill, which will address issues related to property valuation and curb overpricing of real estate.
The institution aims to define the role of a valuer and regulate the valuation process to promote fairness and transparency in the property market.
While the institution is pushing for these law reforms, they acknowledge that progress has been slow. Surveyors in Uganda continue to grapple with challenges arising from outdated regulations.
Land wrangles persist, and the reputation of genuine surveyors is at stake due to the actions of quack surveyors.
However, stakeholders remain committed to working closely with the government to raise awareness about the dangers of relying on unqualified surveyors and to ensure that these challenges are addressed effectively.
Honouring the Legacy of Kaija Katuramu
At a memorial lecture held at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala on Sunday 30th June, 2023, the late Kaija Katuramu, the founder, and first president of the Institution of Surveyors of Uganda was remembered as an authentic, truthful, and professional surveyor.
The event provided an opportunity for reflection on the importance of integrity and professionalism in the surveying industry.
Government representatives also emphasised their commitment to supporting surveyors who uphold ethical standards and contribute to the country’s development.
As the Institution of Surveyors of Uganda continues its efforts to advocate for comprehensive law reforms, stakeholders and the government must work together to address the challenges facing the surveying profession.
By establishing updated and robust legal frameworks, promoting ethical conduct, and nurturing professional development, Uganda can elevate its surveying industry to new heights and build a foundation for a fair and transparent real estate sector.
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