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International Headlines: Registration board frustrating surveyors

August 19, 2009
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The fear of competition from young surveyors has resulted in denied registration, according to Ugandan surveyor Ronald Luberenga. In this post, Luberenga says why the country's surveyors board should be disbanded to pave way for a new and more professional one.

The New Vision, Uganda
Thursday, 13th August, 2009 
By Ronald Luberenga
I would like to add my voice to the public outcry on the terrible way the surveying profession is being run. Over the years, various qualified surveyors have been deliberately denied registration by the Surveyors Registration Board. The qualified surveyors have made various applications for registration which the board keeps rejecting.
Many of us graduated from the university many years ago and have been so disappointed. Since 1994, over 250 surveyors have graduated from Makerere and Kyambogo universities. However, it is interesting to note that of these, only 12 have been registered.
One wonders why the rest have been rejected. It is illogical to spend many years at school and be frustrated unnecessarily in the field. I have completely lost faith in the profession and I know many surveyors who have joined other organised professions.
Some people have even gone to court, like Moses Murungi who sued the board and was recently registered. It is our right to practise in this country. Why does someone need to go to court to be registered when he is fully qualified both academically and professionally? This is really ridiculous. ...
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