The Katikkiro, Charles Peter Mayiga (Left in glasses) launches the Le-card
Buganda land Board has launched the Land Electronic Card to eliminate or minimize fraudulent transactions. The card uses biometric palm vein technology to link tenant land information to the owner thereby offering a secure authentication system.
Speaking during its Launch at Serena Hotel in Kampala, the Katikkiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga, who was the chief guest commended Buganda Land Board for the innovation to protect Kabaka’s subjects from land fraud. He added that this milestone emphasizes the kingdom’s focal strategies of protecting the kingdom and her tenants land.
Mayiga said that the palm vein technology is simple, secure and effective and has been utilized in Countries like Japan, for many years in different applications especially banks.
“The technology is a good innovation that has been proved to be efficient in countries like Japan .It will ease land transactions and save them from the big volumes of land documentations. Land security offers additional benefits of access to financial services for personal development” He said.
The Managing Director, Mr. Kyewalabye Male introduces The World Compliance Technology’s Whitaker to the Katikkiro
The Minister of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Frank Tumwebaze commended Buganda Kingdom for pioneering the technology adding that it is efficient considering the fact that it reduces human contact hence reducing temptation and corruption which promotes social harmony while ensuring safety of data against hyper threats.
“We need such innovation in this world that is expanding with the use of technology and there is no need to worry about losing jobs because it’s the people who administer the systems thereby creating more jobs”. He said.
The Buganda Lands Minister and BLB Chairman Board of Directors, Eng. Martin Kasekende promised continued innovation to ensure security of tenure for Kabaka’s subjects.
Speaking at the function, the Managing Director, Kyewalabye Male said that BLB preferred to use this technology because of its simplicity to use, complexity to forge, its accuracy and uniqueness. He added that it is the final solution to the long but fruitful search since 2010 when the Board announced its decision to use smart cards as document storage and security medium but failed due to failure to identify a credible technology service provider.
He said that priority will be for those who already have files but will later extend to others after sensitization. He promised that BLB will always soldier the other partners in land management to further the objective since the technology is designed to link up with databases at Uganda Land Commission, Ministry of Lands, KCCA and other planning and land management agencies among others to deliver the same information.
The Land Electronic Card biometric technology is a joint partnership between Buganda Land Board and the VIVA compliance Technologies & World Compliance Technology.
Other guests who attended the ceremony include, Princess Joan Nassolo,Prince Jjunju Kiweewa, Buganda cabinet Ministers, the Executive Director, KCCA, Jennipher Musisi, Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Afande Emilian Kayima, Buganda County chiefs, other Buganda Kingdom entities’ Executive officers and Buganda Land Board staff. The function was crowned by the Katikkiro officially launching the Le-card and an applause from the audience.